Knee pain is a problem that most of us experience sooner or later but we don’t pay enough attention as the pain goes away. We are too busy doing other things that seem to be more important and we forget about that time when our knee was painful. This is a very wrong thing to do for various reasons.
If your painful knee was caused by some mechanical injury, you would have known what the cause is and you would have treated it. However, what if you have no idea why you just got up from bad and your knee started hurting so badly? But then, the next day the pain was gone. And you forgot all about it. Wrong!
If your knee starts hurting suddenly, it means that you are probably doing something wrong. Pain doesn’t come from nothing. Even if the pain is gone, it is most likely that it will come again, and again, and again. On the other hand, what’s more serious is that this knee pain might be a sign of some much more serious disease. That’s why you should never ignore knee pain.
Going to the doctor and getting diagnosed is the most important thing you should do if you feel knee pain. A specialist can best tell you what’s happening. However, if your knee pain is not a result of a mechanical injury, getting diagnosed can be a complex and a rather long process.
This is because there are so many things that can be the cause of your knee pain. In order to be diagnosed properly and correctly, you will have to collaborate and give the best you can. Here are some of the most important things that you need to expect, know, do, and be careful of when you go to get diagnosed:
Physical Examination – This is most probably the first step in your diagnosis. When you complain of knee pain, physical examination is crucial. Your doctor will check your knee for painful or tender spots and will do some motions with your knee to see if you have some limited movements.
Checking Medical History – Medical History is very important for diagnosing, especially when it comes to chronic pains. You will be asked to provide a detailed medical history. In this way, your doctor will see if you had some previous medical procedures that might be connected to your knee pain or maybe if someone in your family had a similar condition.
Lifestyle – You should be prepared to talk about your lifestyle, job, free time, exercising, eating etc. Knowing this is important for your doctor to see if you have some potential risk factors for developing a certain condition or disease that may affect your knees.
Detailed Info About The Pain – You will definitely be asked questions about the pain. When does it hurt, where, how much it hurts, description of the pain feeling, what triggers the pain, how long have you had the pain, whet did it start, etc.
Medications – Your doctor might ask you if you take or have been taking some medications lately. It is important to know this because some kind of medications can cause damage to the bones and joints. Another important thing is the condition you take medications for.
Medical Imaging – After all of the above procedures, your doctor may suggest some kind of medical imaging such as: X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging or CT scan. These procedures will provide a clearer image of the affected knee and tissue that surrounds it, as well as all the other elements of the knee that might cause the pain.
Removing Fluids – Fluid removal from your knee can also be an option. Analysis of the fluid in your knee can provide information for an infection, or some kind of arthritis that might cause the pain.
Arthroscopy – This is the name for a procedure where your doctor or surgeon will place a fiber optic camera in your knee. This will provide the specialist with a close-up look of all the small particles in the knee and see where the problem is. With arthroscopy your doctor can also repair some smaller damage of your knee.
Blood and Urine Tests – If your doctor suspects that you are affected by some disease such as arthritis or diabetes, blood and/or urine test may be necessary in order to see if there is presence of any disease that can’t be seen any other way.