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Knee Injury Symptoms - Acute Knee Injuries
Acute knee injuries can cause pain and swelling with difficulty bending the knee and weight-bearing. Longer-term symptoms that point to knee problems will include pain and swelling in addition to other complaints.
By: A+ Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic
Longer-term symptoms that point to knee problems will include pain and swelling in addition to other complaints. Inflammation in the joint may be caused by even minor activity. Swelling may be intermittent, brought on by activity, and may gradually resolve as the inflammation decreases.
Pain, too, may come and go and may not occur right away with activity but might be delayed as the inflammation develops. Pain can also be felt with specific activities. Pain while climbing stairs is a symptom of meniscus injury, where the cartilage is being pinched in the joint as it narrows with bending. Pain with walking down stairs suggests patellar pain, where the kneecap is being forced onto the femur.
Giving way, or a feeling of instability, of the knee is a symptom of ligament injury, while popping or grinding in the knee is more associated with cartilage or meniscus tears. "Locking" is the term used when the knee joint refuses to completely straighten, and this is always due to torn cartilage. In this situation, the torn piece of cartilage folds upon itself and doesn't allow the knee to extend.
When Should You Call the Doctor?
Emergent medical care should be sought if, due to injury,
• there is almost immediate swelling in the knee,
• if the bones appear deformed,
• if there is inability to bear weight,
• if the pain is intolerable,
• if there is loss of sensation below the injury site
• or if the foot and ankle turn cold and no pulses can be felt.
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