My Knee Hurts. What Do I Do?

There are many reasons why the knee may hurt. One of the most common reasons could be knee osteoarthritis. Knee osteoarthritis pain can range from mild or severe. Either way, you don’t have to live with it. There are a number of treatment options that can help alleviate discomfort. The first step is to contact your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

In preparation for the appointment, here is some information that your doctor will need.

  • When did you first start to feel pain in your knees?
  • What activities or factors make it better or worse?
  • How does it affect your daily living?
  • Do you have previous joint-related injuries?

Your doctor will check for the following conditions.

  • Tenderness in the joints
  • Creaking or grating sounds (crepitus)
  • Swelling or bony protrusions
  • Lack of movement
  • Instability in the joints
  • Muscle wasting

If the diagnosis is not clear on the first examination, your doctor may request an X-ray, blood tests or a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan.

If your doctor determines that the cause of your knee pain is osteoarthritis, you may want to ask the following questions.

  • How can I reduce the swelling and pain?
  • Can a knee brace that removes the stress from an affected area help?
  • Should I take medication?
  • Do I need to change any of my activities?
  • Is there anything more I can do?