Guide to Understanding Knee Injuries

by Dr. Halland Chen, MD

When you have suffered a knee injury, you may not know what you should do. The pain may be radiating from a few different locations. This can make it a little difficult to know what is going on and how much damage may have been done. You should try to stay calm and get help if possible. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may want to get to a hospital soon. There are some steps you should take to make sure the knee gets the treatment that it requires. You can also do a few basic things to alleviate any pain that you may be feeling.

The first step will be to simply assess some basic knee injury symptoms. You might want to try to stand on your knee gently to see if it can support your weight. If so, the injury may not be very serious. If it can’t, then you will want to stay off of it if possible. Either way, you should treat this condition seriously and try to monitor other symptoms. Take a look at where the pain is coming from on your knee. If you notice any swelling, you may need to put an ice pack on it. This will help reduce the swelling and pain.

Eventually, you should get to a doctor to have some basic tests done. They will be able to provide a knee injury diagnosis to test whether you have sustained damage to your joints or ligaments. This may provide the doctor with valuable information about the severity of your knee injury. You may want to let the doctor know about where the pain is coming from on your knee. This may help the doctor run some tests and determine what you may have. They will probably want to take an x-ray to check for any internal damages.

Depending on the knee injury diagnosis you receive, there are a number of different treatment options. The most common knee injury treatment is to simply immobilize the area. The doctor may want to wrap the area and prevent it from becoming strained again. Under rare cases, they may want to do some surgery. But you should always discuss these options with your doctor. This will help you get the knee injury treatment that you need.

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