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hiking joint replacement

Before Your Initial Visit

We are looking forward to getting to know you and working together to improve your hip or knee pain and function.  We understand that coming in for an office visit can be a significant undertaking, requiring you to take time out of your day and away from your activities.  We respect your time, and would like to make your visit as efficient and valuable for you as possible.  Please see below for important information to consider prior to your visit.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the office.


Being prepared for your consultation will allow us to better understand your hip or knee condition and how it is affecting your life.  For patients that have dealt with their symptoms for a long time, it can be difficult to recall certain aspects of their condition when asked during a consultation.  Typically at your initial visit, we will discuss the following questions with regard to your hip or knee pain.

  • When did your symptoms begin? Was there an acute event or trauma that led to your symptoms?

  • When do you experience your symptoms? Is it all the time or does it get worse with certain activities?

  • Where is most of your pain located?

  • Over the past few months, is your pain getting better, staying the same, or getting worse?

  • What activities for work, sports, and recreation are important to you? How is your hip or knee affecting your ability to do these activities?



As a specialized referral practice, our patients have often had treatment elsewhere prior to consulting with us. It is important to have a detailed record of previous treatments you have had. This includes physical therapy, medications, injections (what type and when), and previous surgery.  If you have had a prior joint replacement and are seeing us for a possible revision, please request a copy of your operative report from your surgeon’s office, and bring it to your visit.



Typically we will obtain a new set of X-rays at your first visit.  It is important for us to have up-to-date X-rays with our specific protocols in order to do a complete evaluation.  If further imaging is needed, Dr. Kahlenberg will let you know.  If you have had previous imaging of your hip or knee, feel free to bring it, but it is typically not required at the first visit. 

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