Should I see an orthopedic surgeon for my knee pain?

Knee pain is a common injury whether you play competitive sports, or you have a personal workout routine.

One wrong step – one poorly executed move – or a forceful blow to the knee can cause your ligaments to stretch and snap or cause your knee to fracture.

If you have experienced a knee injury, there are several signs that your condition may need advanced orthopedic care.

Your knee looks different. If you have fallen or your knee has been hit, it could mean that your kneecap is dislocated or fractured. You should seek orthopedic care as soon as possible.

Your knee swells within hours after injury. After a knee injury, some swelling is normal. But, if you can’t bend your swollen knee or it feels like there is water on your knee, it could indicate a fracture or an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.

You heard a loud pop. If a loud popping sound was accompanied by pain, you could have torn a ligament.

You feel extreme pain when you try to walk. It’s normal to feel pain after an injury, but severe knee pain indicates an injury that needs expert orthopedic care.

You cannot straighten your knee. If your knee seems to be locked in place, you may have an ACL tear, a meniscus tear or a dislocated kneecap. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Your knee gave out. A sudden change in direction or a jump that lands wrong can twist the knee. If your knee buckles, it’s a sign of instability. You should see an orthopedic specialist to prevent further damage.

You can pinpoint the pain in your knee. Usually a sprain or strain causes pain and tenderness in the whole knee. But when you have experienced a meniscus tear, you usually feel pain in a specific area on the inside, outside or back of the knee. A fracture may radiate pain, but the area of the fracture will feel extremely tender to the touch.

If you have knee pain that lasts more than three daygs, you should see an orthopedic specialist. You may have damaged your tendons, cartilage or ligaments. They will need treatment to heal properly.

Contact Affinity Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center for an appointment with an orthopedic specialist who can diagnose and treat your knee pain. Call them at 920.996.3700.

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Appleton, WI 54915
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