Do you suffer from knee pain?
Whether you’re an athlete, a sports enthusiast or just an everyday person, you most likely have suffered at least one injury in your lifetime that took time to heal. Many athletes along with those who enjoy casual sport and exercising regularly, will know that every kind of physical activity can result in sore muscles every now and then. But certain kinds of pain are never a good sign. If you are suffering or have suffered with knee pain, there are steps you can take to recover, and people who can help you to get there.
Understanding your pain
Knee pain can be caused by several things. Unless it is clear you’ve hurt your knee whilst playing sport, it may not be obvious what’s causing it. The main causes of pain are due to injury, arthritis, inflammation, infection, poor alignment or referred pain from the hip or spine. Any of these can cause pain or damage to certain parts of the knee.
Some people are at greater risk of knee injury and pain than others. Certain sports can result in higher risk of injury, especially basketball or skiing. If you have weak muscles, tight muscles or have previously suffered a knee injury you also increase the risk of experiencing pain.
The symptoms that often come with knee pain will often be easy to observe. These include but are not limited to:
- swelling, redness or heat in the knee
- bruising around the knee
- your knee ‘giving way’
- locking or clicking
- inability to straighten your knee
Knowing when to seek emergency help
If you are unsure whether or not to seek help, it is always best to do so in case you need proper treatment. If your pain persists for more than a couple of weeks, you should make an appointment with your doctor. Likewise, if you struggle to put any weight on your knee, or if it is locking and giving way, it’s best to make an appointment. If your symptoms are more serious you may need to seek emergency help, for example if your knee has become badly swollen, changed shape or is red and hot. If you experience a red and hot knee with a fever, you should seek emergency help as soon as possible.
Going to the doctor – what you need to know
Visiting a doctor if you suspect a serious injury can be daunting. Knowing what to expect when you visit will help. Your doctor may ask questions regarding your level of pain, the frequency it occurs and whether you experience any other symptoms. They may conduct or order other tests such as an X-ray, ultrasound or a blood test depending on the symptoms. If you have to wait some time to see a doctor, ice packs and non-prescription painkillers can assist with managing the pain.
It is also important to track your levels of pain and any other symptoms you experience. When you visit your doctor, they will want to know as much as possible about your symptoms, in order to evaluate any further tests you might need. If you are struggling to track your symptoms consistently, Wanngi can be the perfect tool to help you manage your health information.
How can Wanngi track all my health information?
Using the web app Wanngi, you can track every symptom and easily view any changes in your health on your symptoms timeline. Record the level of pain you experience, and the day and time it occurs. You can even upload a photo if your knee looks swollen or red, or has changed shape. You can also record any medication you are using to manage the pain. Upload documents from your appointments if you are referred to another doctor or are seeing multiple health professionals. This keeps you in control of your health information, and you’re able to share the necessary information with the doctors you choose.
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