How do I know if my knee pain is serious?

Call your doctor if you:

  1. Can’t bear weight on your knee or feel as if your knee is unstable or gives out.
  2. Have marked knee swelling.
  3. Are unable to fully extend or flex your knee.
  4. See an obvious deformity in your leg or knee.
  5. Have a fever, in addition to redness, pain and swelling in your knee.

Should I go to the doctor if it hurts to bend my knee?

Make an appointment with your doctor if your knee pain was caused by a particularly forceful impact or if it’s accompanied by: Significant swelling. Redness. Tenderness and warmth around the joint.

What causes knee cap pain without injury?

Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease. Gout, caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joint. Pseudogout, a buildup of calcium crystals in the joint fluid. Septic arthritis, caused by infection inside the knee joint.

Why does the front of my knee hurt when I bend?

Knee pain on the front of the joint could be patellar arthritis or patellar tendonitis. These conditions tend to hurt when bending the knee, kneeling and/or squatting. Typically the deeper the knee bend the worse it will hurt.

How do you relieve knee cap pain?

Lifestyle and home remedies

  1. Rest. Take a break from your normal activities to reduce repetitive strain on your knee, give the injury time to heal and help prevent further damage.
  2. Ice. Ice reduces both pain and inflammation.
  3. Heat.
  4. Compression.
  5. Elevation.

How do you fix knee pain when bending?


  1. Rest and avoid placing weight on your knee. This will help the surrounding muscles heal.
  2. Ice to alleviate swelling and pain.
  3. Compress by wrapping your knee with an elastic bandage, which will help reduce swelling.
  4. Elevate your knee by placing it higher than your heart.

How do I know if I have damaged my knee cartilage?

Symptoms of cartilage damage

  • joint pain – this may continue even when resting and worsen when you put weight on the joint.
  • swelling – this may not develop for a few hours or days.
  • stiffness.
  • a clicking or grinding sensation.
  • the joint locking, catching, or giving way.

How long should knee pain last before seeing a doctor?

Long-Term Pain or Discomfort If you try to wait out your pain and it doesn’t seem to go away, a doctor can help. Generally, athletes should see a healthcare provider for pain lasting more than 48 hours and other adults should see an expert if there seems to be no change for three weeks.

How do I relieve pain under my knee cap?

To help relieve your pain and speed recovery, you can:

  1. Rest your knee.
  2. Ice your knee to ease pain and swelling.
  3. Wrap your knee.
  4. Elevate your leg on a pillow when you sit or lie down.
  5. Take NSAIDs, if needed, like ibuprofen or naproxen.
  6. Do stretching and strengthening exercises, especially for your quadriceps muscles.

What does it mean when your knee cap hurts?

Pain under your kneecap is often due to a breakdown in cartilage (especially under your patella), which causes inflammation. It can also stem from tiny tears in your tendons that cause inflammation, or tendinitis.

What can cause pain in the knee cap?

The most common causes of knee pain are related to aging, injury or repeated stress on the knee. Common knee problems include sprained or strained ligaments, cartilage tears, tendonitis and arthritis.

How do I know if I tore my meniscus?


  1. A popping sensation.
  2. Swelling or stiffness.
  3. Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee.
  4. Difficulty straightening your knee fully.
  5. Feeling as though your knee is locked in place when you try to move it.
  6. Feeling of your knee giving way.

Why does my knee hurt when I bend down?

There are several causes of knee pain while bending. Possible conditions include: injury or trauma to the knee joint or ligaments, which may cause sharp pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the knee The location of your knee pain can help you pinpoint the cause.

What causes pain just above the knee cap?

Pain just above the knee cap can be caused by the inflammation of the quadriceps tendon, which is the tendon that attaches the thigh muscle to the knee cap. The pain usually worsens after prolonged sitting or vigorous physical activity.

What happens when you stretch your kneecap?

When any of the ligaments are stretched or torn, it can result in pain and swelling, difficulty in walking, the knee feeling unstable, and problems with bending and straightening the affected knee. The kneecap or the patella is the small bone that you can feel prominently in front of your knee joint.

Where does the pain in your knee come from?

Where does your knee hurt? Knee pain on the front of the joint could be patellar arthritis or patellar tendonitis. These conditions tend to hurt when bending the knee, kneeling and/or squatting. Typically the deeper the knee bend the worse it will hurt.