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Your health history

When visiting your orthopedic surgeon for the first time, it is important to provide your full health history. You should be prepared to discuss the following:

  • Reasons for visiting an orthopedic surgeon
  • What types of symptoms are you experiencing?
    • Where is the pain located?
    • What makes it better?
    • What makes it worse?
  • Your medical/family history
    • Do your parents, brothers or sisters have arthritis?
    • Are you being treated for any medical conditions?
    • What medications are you currently taking — including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins and herbal supplements?
  • Names of other doctors and specialists you visit regularly

In addition, you should be prepared to ask your doctor the following questions:

  • What types of exercise are good for me?
  • How often should I exercise?
  • What types of food should I eat?
  • What foods should I avoid?
  • What can I do to manage my pain?
  • How can medications benefit me?
  • When should I take my medication?
  • How much medication should I take?
  • How long will I need to take medication?
  • What should I do if I forget to take my medication?
  • Can I still do the activities I enjoy?

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