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How Long Should Knee Pain Last Before Seeing A Doctor?

How Long Should Knee Pain Last Before Seeing A Doctor?

If you cannot identify the mechanism of injury, or if your knee pain started after a minor injury, you can monitor your symptoms for 48 hours before seeking medical assistance. Seek medical attention quickly if your pain is caused by a significant injury or you experience:

  1. Rapid swelling within the first 3-4 hours after injury 
  2. Inability to bear weight on the involved knee
  3. Locking. If you are unable to move the knee from a certain position due to it feeling stuck
  4. Hearing or feeling a pop at the time of injury
  5. Experiencing instability or episodes of giving way 
  6. Visual deformity following injury
  7. Intense, uncontrollable pain
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