8 Signs You Should Not Ignore Your Knee Pain

Everyone injures their knees at some point in life, whether you're an adult or an adventurous child, but prolonged knee pain can cause serious problems from employment opportunities to lifestyle changes and even further health problems. The best time to get your injured knee examined is straight away but not everyone will act so because sometimes it either just looks bruised or scraped. However, not all knee pain should be ignored and medical examination should be sought immediately if you exhibit any of the following symptoms

1. Stages :


When you knock, hit or bump your knee you shouldn't experience pain for more than three weeks if it is a common injury because common knee injuries take only about 2 to 3 weeks to heal. Any knee injury that exhibits pain beyond the 3-week mark needs to be assessed by a general practitioner as it could mean a more serious injury has occurred, one that isn't evident just by looking at the knee or the surrounding area. Such injuries sometimes require arthroscopic surgery and can take a few months to heal. Going further, major trauma to the knee (such as snapping or tearing a ligament) can take up to a year to heal.

2. Limping :


Sometimes when a person hurts their knee enough other symptoms other than pain can occur. Limping is a less common symptom of many leg related injuries but when it includes the knee it should not be ignored. Limping after a knee injury can be quite a significant sign that beyond average damage has occurred. In particularity, limping signifies weakened muscle tissue and it can also be representative of torn muscle fibers. Even if the limp isn't distinctly pronounced, it still shouldn't be ignored. 

3. Swelling

Swelling appears as red puffiness and raised flesh that looks slightly as if the area is inflated. Swelling around the knee is caused by a build-up of protective fluids, called an effusion, and it usually goes down of its own accord over time. However, if the swelling is particularly pronounced - more so beyond what is considered typical swelling - and is still evident after 3 weeks, seek a doctor's advice as soon as possible. Swelling is caused usually by repetitive strain or injuries. It can also be caused by infections or underlying health concerns or disease.

4. Fever or Chills

Fevers and chills accompany serious (or Grade 3) knee injuries. These injuries mean the muscle damage is significant, the muscle fibers having been torn all the way through or the tendons shorned. Tendons are the ligaments that attach our muscles to our skeleton. These kinds of injuries can be traumatic and the body responds to that trauma with a varying degree of intensity and symptoms, fevers and chills being one. If you experience fever or chills after a knee injury consult with a doctor immediately.

5. Disruption
If, during or after the initial injury, you are still having problems moving about as normal or that the injury continues to inhibit your usual daily activities, it's time to consult a doctor. As mentioned previously, knee injuries come with a varying amount of symptoms, most of which should disappear after 3 weeks, but if you find even before that time your movement and lifestyle are negatively impacted by the injury then speak to a doctor as the injury could be more significant than you realize.

6. Vitamin D & Calcium

Those who suffer a knee injury and have a proven record of a Vitamin D or Calcium deficiency should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Vitamin D deficiencies in any injury can result in more intense pain, slower healing periods and diminished strength. Calcium, on the other hand, impacts the bones specifically the density and a low Calcium index results in slower healing and the likelihood of stress fractures occurring,

7. Deformity
Deformities in the knee after an accident are a cause for concern, besides the typical risen bump and bruise from the impact. Deformities aren't just physical in appearance. They can be sounds. So, if your kneecap isn't where it should be, the skin is not the common color of bruising, or you can hear or feel popping and crunching, you must see a doctor as there may be significant damage to the tissue and/or the cartilage. Such injuries can sometimes take more than 3 weeks to heal and do need medical observation.

8. Stiffness & Inflammation
A lack of flexibility and restricted movement results in stiffness, but it's not all bad. Stiffness is the body's way of reducing pain or rather limiting the range of motion to prevent the injured area from overexerting itself which causes pain, but it can also be caused by inflammation. Inflammation that comes about as a result of a knee injury is caused by damaged cartilage and as such, a doctor needs to assess the area to understand the level of damage and appropriate treatment.