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How will my doctor figure out what's causing my knee pain?

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First, your doctor will compare your painful knee with your healthy one.

In addition to redness, swelling, bruising, and discoloration, your doctor will check for differences in your muscles. Knee pain often happens the when the outer muscles of the thigh are stronger than those in the mid-thigh.

You doctor will also feel your knee, checking for pain, warmth, and swelling. He will then move around the knee to feel for injury and find out how well it moves and where the pain is.

From: Why Does My Knee Still Hurt? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Knee Injuries.”

CDC: “QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Reporting Joint Pain or Stiffness.”

Calmbach, W., , September 2003. American Family Physician

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Knee Pain and Problems.”

American Council on Exercise, ProSource: “Muscular Imbalances Increase Your Clients’ Risk for Injury.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Knee Injuries.”

CDC: “QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Reporting Joint Pain or Stiffness.”

Calmbach, W., , September 2003. American Family Physician

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Knee Pain and Problems.”

American Council on Exercise, ProSource: “Muscular Imbalances Increase Your Clients’ Risk for Injury.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

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