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Preparing for the Next Visit to the Doctor There are many individuals in the Salt Lake area that struggle daily with chronic pain from osteoarthritis. This pain from osteoarthritis can be extremely debilitating and even effectually crippling for those who suffer from its distresses. Many of these individuals consult with their family doctor or with a Salt Lake orthopedic clinic to help them receive professional medical advice, but a person can do even more to help themselves cope with their osteoarthritis if they so desire. One such way, and one of the best ways for a person to help themselves cope with their osteoarthritis, is to properly prepare for their upcoming visit to their doctors office or to the Salt Lake orthopedic clinic. A person can begin to fully prepare for their doctors visit by performing an honest assessment of their current condition. At times, being completely honest with oneself about one’s condition of osteoarthritis can be an extremely difficult thing.

Honesty is Key with being treated for Osteoarthritis A person who is trying to assess their current health and well-being level concerning their osteoarthritis should remember that honesty is key. There are those who will be stubborn and claim that their osteoarthritis is not as bad or does not have as big of an effect on their bodies as it truly is or does. Likewise, there are those that will view their honestly painful condition in a worse light than what it is. There is danger inherent to both of these sides of the spectrum, which is why it is so vitally important to be as honest with oneself as possible during this assessment phase of preparing for the visit to the doctor. The danger with claiming that the pain or condition of the osteoarthritis is not as bad as it truly is often comes in the form of further damage and disability to that person. Instead of receiving the aid and treatment available to them, these people who lie to themselves about the seriousness of their osteoarthritis deny themselves the opportunity for enhanced functionality. On the other side of the spectrum lie those who will claim that there osteoarthritis is worse than it may actually be. These people put themselves in danger because over treatment which can actually lower their quality of life.

Asking Questions Preparing for a visit to the doctor’s office for a check up on one’s osteoarthritis will also include preparing ahead of time with a appropriate questions one can ask their doctor to help flush out any problems or to simply address the concerns that one has. By asking questions, a patient will be able to become more informed about their condition, about possible treatments, and will receive a better understanding of what they can do to help themselves cope with their condition. Some example questions that a patient may wish to ask their doctor may include questions like, “are there any activities I should avoid because of the pain I feel? Do you recommend any medication? What treatment plans are available to someone in my situation?”, and others as one feels necessary. By being honest in an assessment of their condition and by thinking of purposeful questions beforehand, a person will be able to fully prepare for their next visit to the doctor. Photo Credit: Kurhan, svilen001

Preparing for the next visit to the doctor