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Knee Pain Symptoms

  • When to See a Doctor

  • Wondering what your knee pain symptoms might mean? Most knee problems will require one of the following approaches:

    1. Provide self-care at home, waiting to see if knee symptoms improve
    2. See a doctor if symptoms don’t improve after a few days
    3. Get to an emergency room or see a doctor immediately

    The following summary can help you decide what kind of action to take on your knee symptoms.

    • Pain after sudden twist or blow to side of knee; swelling; can bear weight but may limp. See doctor.
    • Tendon below kneecap inflamed; pain climbing stairs or jumping. See doctor.
    • Soft, squishy swelling beginning in front of knee; pain; stiffness. See doctor.
    • Pain around or under kneecap; pain increases when climbing stairs or sitting for long periods. See doctor.
    • Bursitis symptoms do not improve within 7 to 10 days or signs of infection appear (local heat, redness, increased swelling, pain, and tenderness). See doctor.
    • Pain after sudden twist or blow to side of knee; swelling; cannot bear weight. Seek help now.
    • Pain after sudden twist or blow to side of knee; rapid swelling; limited movement. Seek help now.
    • Severe blow or injury to knee; severe swelling; unable to move knee; visible deformity of knee. Call 911.

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