Talking to Your Doctor About Osteoarthritis
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with OA. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Tips for Getting Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Treatment Options
About Lifestyle Changes
Osteoarthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/osteoarthritis. Accessed August 24, 2021.
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/osteoarthritis-oa-of-the-hip. Accessed August 24, 2021.
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/osteoarthritis-oa-of-the-knee. Accessed August 24, 2021.
Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at:
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Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed March 31, 2018.
Last reviewed July 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Laura Lei-Rivera, PT, DPT
Last Updated: 8/24/2021
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