One of the most important things you can do before your appointment with the orthopedic specialist is to really pay attention to your symptoms. When I say that, I mean pay attention. Is it worse in the morning? Or is it at night? Does it wake you up from sleep? What has helped it? Has resting it helped it? Has taking something like oral anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen helped it. These things are very important along with the duration of symptoms. Has it’s been going on for months, weeks, or just days? All these affect the decision making process and the treatment that we align for each patient.