When is it time to see a doctor for knee pain? Sometimes it’s hard to gauge on your own pain. What is normal joint pain and what is something more serious? The best plan of action is to leave it up to the professional. Make an appointment with your physician and see what’s really going on. Because, believe it or not, there is actually a lot you can do. Here are some clues that you should see a doctor for knee pain.
When To See A Doctor For Knee Pain
Knee pain is a common problem which can be caused by serious conditions like fractured bones, osteoarthritis and even cancer. However, relatively minor conditions like excessive exercise can cause pain. Even the bruises, sprains and strains that develop after trauma can also cause pain in the knee.
One of the simplest ways of determining if the knee pain that develops after injury warrants immediate medical attention is to check if the knee is deformed or very swollen or it gives way and cannot bear the person’s weight. If it does, a doctor needs to be consulted.
Other clues of a painful injured knee that needs to be seen by a doctor include hearing a popping sound at the time of injury and a joint which feels “locked” and cannot be moved.
If the injured knee does not have these danger signs it can be managed at home. You can do this by resting, applying ice, compressing and elevating it (RICE). However, if the knee pain does not improve after treating it with RICE for a couple of days, it is best to book an appointment with a healthcare provider.
Minor pain that has been present for several months that suddenly begins waking you up in the night is another type of knee pain that needs to be assessed by a doctor. Developing a fever, chills, nausea and even a rash are signs that knee pain should be examined by a professional.
Written by: Marian Kim, FizzNiche Staff Writer
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