Interviewer: When should you have your knee pain checked out? Dr. Matheau Eysser is an orthopedic surgeon. What advice do you have for patients?
Dr. Eysser: Well, I tell my patients to look for two things: number one, pain. Acute pain or pain that interrupts your sleep could indicate a torn tendon, meniscal tear, or arthritis. Second, symptoms. If your knee locks up on you or you are unable to fully straighten your knee, it could indicate a torn meniscus. Feelings of instability, a painful clicking or popping, or sharp stabbing pain are also some of the complaints or symptoms of a meniscal tear.
However, if your symptoms are a dull ache, pain when standing from a sitting position, or pain that improves after walking a couple of steps, this could indicate arthritis. If you are experiencing these types of symptoms, it is a good idea to have your knee checked out by your doctor.
updated: July 6, 2021
originally published: May 29, 2019
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