When do I need to see a doctor about knee pain?
Because your knees take a toll every day, absorbing shock with each and every step, get in to have your knee looked at as soon as you feel pain. You don’t want your condition to get any worse. It’s important to make an appointment for your knee pain if you experience:
- Popping, scraping, or crunching noises
- Redness and swelling
- Difficulty straightening your leg
- Severe weakness
- Fever, nausea, or vomiting
- Signs of a fracture
- Difficulty putting weight on your knee
Why is rehabilitation needed for knee injuries?
Rehabilitation and physical therapy are essential for full knee recovery, whether you’ve had an injury, have a chronic arthritic condition, or had knee surgery. The goal of rehab and physical therapy is to build up the muscles around your knee — specifically your hamstrings and quads — and to improve joint mobility.
During your sessions, you learn how to exercise, lift, bend, and squat with proper form, especially if you regularly play sports. This way, you are less likely to have new or recurring issues in the future.