How can I prepare for a doctor's appointment for arthritis in my knee?

Answer these questions and then take them with you to your next appointment for your knee osteoarthritis. Understanding exactly how you're feeling is the best way for your doctor to determine the right course of treatment for you.

1. How much knee pain do you currently experience with the following activities?

If your pain varies, use circles to indicate the pain on good days and squares for the pain on bad days.

1 = No pain  5 = Lots of pain

  • Walking 1 2 3 4 5
  • Going up or down stairs 1 2 3 4 5
  • At night while in bed 1 2 3 4 5
  • Sitting or lying down 1 2 3 4 5
  • Standing 1 2 3 4 5
  • Driving 1 2 3 4 5

2. Describe your knee pain during the past month.

Overall, is the pain better or worse? How many bad days did you have? What activities have become difficult to do because of your knee pain?

3. List other questions for your doctor, in order of importance.

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