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English for Medical Purposes - Joint Pain

Joint Pain

Patient: Good morning. Doctor Smith?
Doctor: Yes, please come in.

Patient: Thank you. My name is Doug Smith.
Doctor: What have you come in for today Ms Anders?

Patient: I've been having some pain in my joints, especially the knees.
Doctor: How long have you been having the pain?

Patient: I'd say it started three or four months ago. It's been getting worse recently.
Doctor: Are you having any other problems like weakness, fatigue or headaches?

Patient: Well I've certainly felt under the weather.
Doctor: Right. How much physical activity do you get? Do you play any sports?

Patient: Some. I like to play tennis about once a week. I take my dog on a walk every morning.
Doctor: OK. Let's have a look. Can you point to the area where you are having pain?

Key Vocabulary

joint pain
knees
weakness
fatigue
headache
to feel under the weather
physical activity
to play sports
to have pain

Check your understanding with this multiple choice comprehension quiz.

By Kenneth Beare, About.com Guide