The knee is vulnerable to a variety of problems which vary significantly from a temporary, minor problem to a severe or progressive disability. Signs of an acute knee problem usually develop within minutes to a few hours after the injury and include pain, swelling, limited mobility, and abnormal sensations within the knee, such as the feeling of a “pop” or a “giving way.” There may be an audible sound at the moment of impact or a persistent “crackling” of the knee joint even after other symptoms subside. In some cases, the knee will feel as though it is “locked,” without pain or swelling.
HOW IS KNEE PROBLEMS DIAGNOSED?
The health care provider will perform a physical exam, and look at your knees, hips, legs, and other joints. The doctor may ask for details of the symptoms. The specialist may recommend tests which include:
• Joint fluid culture (fluid taken from the knee and examined under a microscope)
• X-ray of the knee
• MRI of the knee if a ligament or meniscus tear could be the cause
• CT scan of the knee
HOW IS KNEE PROBLEMS TREATED?
Treatment of knee problems depends on the cause of pain. For relief from pain pain killers may be prescribed. For knee problems related to arthritis, physical therapy may be prescribed, which helps in strengthening the knee muscles and improve stability and mobility. For knee problems due joint problems, surgery may be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Acupuncture is an alternative treatment method for curing knee problems