When to See a Knee Specialist
Sudden Knee Injuries
Sudden knee pain that prevents you from walking requires medical attention. Examples include a broken bone, sprained or torn ligament (such as an ACL), meniscus tear, or knee dislocation. You should also seek medical care if your knee begins to show signs of redness, heat, or swelling, as it could be a sign of infection.
- Orthopaedic Care Within 24 Hours. In many cases, an orthopaedic provider may see you the same day you call for an appointment or within the next 24 hours.
- Visit Duke Orthopaedic Urgent Care. Our convenient orthopaedic urgent care locations in Durham and near Cary and Morrisville are open seven days a week. Get fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to sick people.
Chronic Medical Conditions
Knee pain can also result from gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis. The latter is common in aging adults and results from wear and tear of the knee joint.
Knee pain from sports or physical activity should also be assessed by a knee specialist, who can recommend the best course of treatment. Common overuse injuries include:
- Patellar tendonitis -- injury to the tendon connecting your kneecap to your shinbone; common among runners and cyclists
- IT band pain -- an inflamed tendon that runs down the outside of the thigh; also common among runners
- Knee bursitis -- inflammation of a fluid-filled sac called the bursa near your knee joint