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What questions might my doctor ask if I tell him my knee hurts?

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1. When did the pain start?

2. Where does it hurt?

3. Did it start suddenly or slowly?

4. How would you describe the pain: dull, sharp, or achy?

5. Is the pain always there, or just now and then?

6. Is there any swelling or redness? Does it feel warm?

7. Do any activities make the pain different?

8. Did your pain start because of a specific injury?

Your doctor will also ask about:

  • Problems with any other joints
  • Knee injuries or surgeries you’ve had
  • Other health issues

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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