This list gives an idea of the relative urgency of different knee problems:

 

Relatively trivial

 

Moderately problematic

 

Not so serious - but surgery urgent

 

Moderately serious - but not urgent. Seek specialist advice.

 

Serious - but surgery not urgent. Expect major rehab issues. Important to get the best surgeon you can when you are referred for surgery.

 

Serious - surgery urgent. Expect later problems.

 

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