Symptom checker

If you notice any of the following signs or symptoms, it is recommended that you get in touch with your doctor for advice.1

This Symptom Checker is a helpful resource; it is not intended to replace a diagnosis. Why not print it out and discuss it with your doctor at your next appointment?

Five suggested points to talk to your doctor about

If you are planning to visit your doctor for advice, below are five points that you may want to discuss during your appointment: 

Symptoms – write down (or bring a print out of the symptom checker with you) the type of symptoms that you are experiencing and discuss them with your doctor 

Impact – are the symptoms stopping you from doing things with your hands that you used to do or is impact on your life minimal?

Severity – how severe is your disease and it get worse? 

Treatment – are you eligible for treatment and if so, what are the options available? 

Next steps – what should you do next? Should you visit another specialist?


  1. Rayan GM. J Bone Joint Surg 2007;89:189-198.