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When should you go to the hospital for knee pain?

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You should go if you have:

�Unbearable pain

�Pain that doesn't improve with rest

�Pain that wakes you

�Drainage

�Large wounds

�Puncture wounds

�Swelling, if you are on a blood thinner (warfarin or Coumadin) or have a bleeding disorder (such as hemophilia).

If you cannot put weight on your knee, feel sick, or have a fever or if your knee is red and hot, you should also consider going to the ER to be evaluated by a doctor. You could have a broken bone or an infection.

SOURCES: 

Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000.
Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001.
Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990.
Levy AM, Fuerst ML. Sports Injury Handbook: Professional Advice for Amateur Athletes. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993.
Roberts DM, Stallard TC.  Emerg Med Clin North Am. Feb 2000.
Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. McGraw-Hill; 2000.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

SOURCES: 

Bauman A. Runner's World. 2000.
Hart L. "Knee Pain." Woman's Day. 2001.
Lally S. "End Knee Pain Forever." Men's Health. 1990.
Levy AM, Fuerst ML. Sports Injury Handbook: Professional Advice for Amateur Athletes. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1993.
Roberts DM, Stallard TC.  Emerg Med Clin North Am. Feb 2000.
Tintinalli JE, Kellen GD, Staphczynksi JS. Emergency Medicine: A Comprehensive Study Guide. McGraw-Hill; 2000.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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