When should I take my child to the doctor for knee pain?
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- Your child has increasing or severe pain.
- Your child’s leg or foot is cool or pale or changes color.
- Your child cannot stand or put weight on the knee.
- Your child’s knee looks twisted or bent out of shape.
- Your child cannot move the knee.
When should you not ignore knee pain?
A snapping, cracking, or popping sound in the knee when there is also pain and swelling is not normal. Ignoring letting it go can cause permanent damage to the knee. A sharp pain and a painful pop could mean an ACL tear, so attention from a doctor is necessary.
How do I know if my knee pain is serious?
Call your doctor if you:
- Can’t bear weight on your knee or feel as if your knee is unstable or gives out.
- Have marked knee swelling.
- Are unable to fully extend or flex your knee.
- See an obvious deformity in your leg or knee.
- Have a fever, in addition to redness, pain and swelling in your knee.
Is walking good for knee pain?
Walking is a fantastic option for many patients with knee arthritis because it is a low-impact activity that does not put undue stress on the joints. Furthermore, walking can increase the knee’s range of motion and keep it from becoming overly stiff.
Can knee pain resolve on its own?
“Eighty percent of the knee problems people have will resolve by themselves within a period of time,” says Robert Gotlin, DO, director of orthopedic and sports rehabilitation at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. But in some cases of knee pain, it’s better to seek medical advice than to tough it out.
When should I worry about my knee pain?
Make an appointment with your doctor if your knee pain was caused by a particularly forceful impact or if it’s accompanied by: Significant swelling. Redness. Tenderness and warmth around the joint.
Is it OK to ignore knee pain?
When you start noticing knee pain, it can be tempting to try to ride it out, especially if you are training for a big event. However, even though some knee problems will remedy themselves, ignoring others can lead to more permanent damage.
Is it bad to walk on an injured knee?
Rest your knee and do not exercise. Do not walk on your injured leg if you are told to keep weight off your knee. Rest helps decrease swelling and allows the injury to heal. You can do gentle range of motion exercises as directed to prevent stiffness.