So I was an off the street hire about two years ago and my knees and lower back are going south fast, especially my knees. They are always cracking and popping none stop, they feel very very tight, a little swollen and I have a steady warm burning sensation about 75 percent of the time. Im 28 and have always considered myself athletic and never had any health issues or anything that has slowed me down. At 5'9" and 160 pounds its not like im out of shape. I try to work at a good clip but nothing crazy and follow all the methods....walk at brisk pace, 3 points of contact, working in my power zone..blah blah. Love the job and want/need to be here for 25 more years. So whats the correct way of bringing this up to management? Do I even need to do that before I see a specialist? The few doctors that I have talked to were just the general doctor that I see on the weekends so of course they didn't know much which is why I want to go to a specialist. I really dont want to piss anyone in the hub off but at the same time I got to protect myself. So whats the standard operating procedure here and do you have any tips that have worked for you?