Re: New and Nervous
Well, there will probably be an x-ray.
It may find that you have osteoarthritis in that joint, and if so, the doctor may want to perform surgery on it. The joint can be replaced or fused, or possibly cleaned out, if arthritis is still early.
Or, the pain may have another cause, such as gout. Gout is best treated with medications and lifestyle changes.
In any case, if the doctor suggests surgery, get plenty of information before you make a decision.