News just in from our client, Tarabishy Orthopaedics about When to See an Orthopedic Surgeon For a Knee Injury

Knee injuries are not uncommon, whether they occur during sports activities, accidents, or simply as a result of wear and tear over time. While some knee injuries may heal with rest and self-care, others may require more specialized attention from an orthopedic surgeon. 

What are the common symptoms of a knee injury?

One of the first steps in determining whether to see an orthopedic surgeon for a knee injury is recognizing the signs and symptoms. 

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These can vary depending on the type and severity of the injury but may include:

  • Persistent pain, especially during movement or weight-bearing activities.
  • Swelling and inflammation around the knee joint.
  • Difficulty or inability to fully extend or flex the knee.
  • Instability or feeling of the knee “giving way” during activities.
  • Audible popping or clicking sounds when moving the knee.
  • Bruising or discoloration around the knee joint.
  • Limited range of motion in the knee.

It’s important to pay attention to these symptoms and not dismiss them as minor discomforts, especially if they persist or worsen over time. 

When to seek an orthopedic surgeon for a knee injury?

After experiencing a knee injury, it’s natural to wonder if it’s serious enough to warrant medical attention from an orthopedic surgeon. 

However, before making that decision, it’s helpful to perform a self-assessment to gauge the severity of the injury. Ask yourself:

  • Can I bear weight on the injured knee?
  • Is the pain improving with rest and self-care measures such as ice and elevation?
  • Have I noticed any significant swelling or instability in the knee?
  • Am I able to perform daily activities without significant difficulty or discomfort?

If your symptoms are not improving or worsening despite self-care efforts, it may be time to consult a medical professional.

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