Doctor Discussion Guide

Most patients lack any real relationship with their healthcare provider, so an awkward dialogue takes place during most discussions in doctor’s offices. Here are the essential questions to be thinking about before going to your appointment, and questions to review with your healthcare provider to get the most out of the visit. Just select a condition in the box below and your prep list will appear below.

Pain - Knee / Hip Discussion Guide

Written by eHealth Navigator Tuesday, 18 June 2013 10:11AM

If you have osteoarthritis knee or hip pain, knowing how to talk about it with your doctor is essential to getting the relief you need. Remember, your doctor depends on you to share pertinent information in order to best treat your knee or hip pain. The Knee / Hip Pain Assessment can help you gather the right information for and from your doctor, so you can get more out of your next appointment.

Completing and printing the Knee / Hip Pain Assessment can help you:
•  Describe your knee or hip pain in detail so your doctor can recommend a treatment plan that is appropriate for your level of pain.
•  Remember what treatments you’ve already tried. It’s important for your doctor to know what medications you’re taking, how many and in what quantity, and whether or not they’re helping to relieve your osteoarthritis knee or hip pain.
•  Identify your knee or hip pain relief goals, so you and your doctor can discuss treatment options that could help you get back to the activities you’re missing due to pain.

1. How long have you experienced knee or hip pain?
a. Less than 3 months
b. 4 – 6 months
c. 7 – 12 months
d. More than 1 year

2. Have you been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip?
a. Yes
b. No

3. How would you describe your level of knee or hip pain?
a. Mild (able to do normal activities, but with a certain degree of pain)
b. Moderate (experience pain on a daily basis that limits activities)
c. Severe (pain drastically limits activities)

4. In the past three months, has your level of knee or hip pain changed?
a. Increased
b. Decreased
c. No change

5. Have you recently had an injury to your knee or hip?
a. Yes
b. No
6. How would you rate your level of knee or hip pain during the following activities?  (1 = least pain  5 = most pain)
a. Sitting                                        1   2   3   4   5
b. Standing                                   1   2   3   4   5
c. Walking                                     1   2   3   4   5
e. Resting in bed                         1   2   3   4   5

7. Are you able to exercise with your current level of knee or hip pain?
a. Yes
b. No

8. What is your treatment history?
a. Over-the-counter pain relievers (like Tylenol or Advil)
b. Topical pain-relieving cream
c. Nutritional supplements (like glucosamine)
d. Prescriptions NSAIDs or COX-2 inhibitors
e. Narcotics
f. Physical therapy
g. Steroid injections
h. Surgery
i. None

9. Knee or hip pain can limit your ability to do things, like your job, leisure activities or everyday tasks.  What are the most important activities you would like to get back to?


Don’t forget to bring the printed knee / hip pain assessment to your next doctor’s appointment.