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Knee Pain | Knee Injuries

Are you having knee pain? You’re hardly alone. Most people have had some knee problems. Knee pain can be caused by injury, whether from playing sports or from everyday use. But there can be other reasons for your knee pain.

What is knee pain?

The knee is your body’s largest joint. Knee problems can be caused by:

  • Arthritis

  • Injuries, including sprains and strains, fracture, dislocation

  • Normal wear and tear

  • Osteoporosis

  • Overuse

Talk to your provider if you have severe knee pain and knee pain that will not go away.

Knee pain and knee injury symptoms

Seek medical help right away, if:

  • The bone or tendon is showing through broken skin.

  • You are having a lot of bleeding and pain

  • The knee looks dislocated, or out of place

  • You are unable to stand or put pressure on your knee.

  • You are having a fever or chills.

  • You heard a popping noise or felt a snap when you injured your knee.

It is important that you seek treatment for serious knee pain and knee injuries. Make an appointment to see your healthcare provider if you have persistent knee pain or a knee injury does not heal.

Diagnosing knee pain and knee injuries

In addition to a physical exam, your provider may order an imaging test to get a better view of your knee problem. Imaging tests may include:

  • X-ray

  • CT scan (computerized tomography)

  • Ultrasound

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Blood tests may be ordered to rule out an infection. In some cases, fluid may be removed from the knee using a thin needle and sent to a lab for analysis.

Treatment for knee injury and knee pain

Depending on the cause of your knee problems, your provider may prescribe:

  • Medication to ease pain

  • Rehabilitation therapy to strengthen your knee

  • Injections of medication into your knee joint

  • Surgery