You’ve likely felt it before: pain or irritation in your knee that you can’t seem to shake. It might be slight, or it might even subside after a few months. It also might stick around or return frequently.
There are a lot of innocuous reasons for knee pain out there. There are also, however, many serious issues of which knee pain might be a symptom. If you’re experiencing this kind of pain regularly, it’s important to look into the matter. Early diagnosis of issues such as this can lead to better medical care.
What are the warning signs you should look out for to see if your knee pain is serious? Read on and we’ll walk you through what you need to know.
1. Swelling At The Knee
The easiest way to tell that the knee pain you’re experiencing is worth taking seriously? Swelling that you can see or feel. That’s the most easily recognized symptom.
Why might swelling occur? Usually swelling is the result of a ligament injury or evidence of serious damage done to the cartilage. As such, it’s a very serious cause of concern.
A very little amount of swelling isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. This sort of swelling might fade away quickly. Excessive swelling is where you might want to head to see a doctor right away.
Extreme swelling should be visible: if one knee is much larger than the other, you might have a real medical issue on your hands. It should be checked out.
The speed at which swelling occurs could also be an indication of the seriousness of the issue. If your knee immediately blows up in size, it’s a good indication that the injury might be fairly serious.
2. Your Knee Is Locked
Another sign that your knee injury might be really serious? If you can’t fully straighten your leg outright. This is what is known in the medical community as a ‘locked knee.’
Sometimes, it’s the swelling and inflammation that contributes to one’s inability to straighten their leg. In other cases, a knocked lee might be a result of an issue with the ligament that is connected to this kind of movement.
Mechanical locking of the leg is sometimes a result of a tear in the meniscus of the ligament. This can be a very serious issue that requires immediate medical care. Many athletes run into this issue.
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