The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: Entropy5 on October 28, 2010, 10:20:06 PM

Title: Knee pain but no injury
Post by: Entropy5 on October 28, 2010, 10:20:06 PM

I'm a 29 year old male in good health. I started having mild knee pain about 5 weeks ago in my left knee. I had just taken a trip to the coast and I noticed a few days later my knee had a general overall aching to it during periods of moderate activity. It steadily got worse over the next few weeks. I never injured my knee (at least not that I know of), so this is really weird.

The pain varies from a general overall pain, to specific pains in the right and left side of my knee. The worst almost seems to be in or one top of the "knobby thing" on the outer/lower part of the knee. But sometimes the pain is on the inside/lower part.

The pain hit its peak about two weeks ago. I've been toughing it out, hoping it would go away. It's definitely less now, but I've also been trying to stay off it as much as possible. There has never been any swelling and I haven't tried any treatments yet.

I've been holding off making a doctors appointment because I wanted to narrow the area of pain down first. But it seems to travel around still. Is this something I can see a general practitioner for, or do I need to see a specialist? Also, what is a knee specialist called? Do any of you have an idea what's going on with my knee?

Title: Re: Knee pain but no injury
Post by: cdubb on October 28, 2010, 11:08:28 PM
No idea what is going on with your knee, but if you  have knee pain that isn't subsiding, it's always good to see a Dr. You can start with your GP or go straight to an orthopedic surgeon.  You may want to check out what your insurance requires, as some require referral before going to a specialist.  Good luck to you.
Title: Re: Knee pain but no injury
Post by: Vickster on October 28, 2010, 11:17:40 PM
The other option is a physio - not sure which country you are in, but in the UK you can see a physio privately without a GP referral.  A good physio will be far more knee savvy than a GP.  They should be able to advise whether you need to see an orthopaedic surgeon (which would seem to be a last step for knee issues which have no obvious cause, at least in the UK).  Can you bend and straighten the leg ok?  Does the pain subside with painkillers or have you not tried those?  Or ice?

Given it's been 5 weeks, I'd get it checked out, if just for peace of mind.  It can be quite difficult to identify where the issue is - I have specific issues with my knee in a specific spot, but my pain can be anywhere!

Good luck :)
Title: Re: Knee pain but no injury
Post by: Entropy5 on October 28, 2010, 11:27:32 PM
I'm in the US. I can bend and straighten my leg with no problem. Except when I've been using it way too much and it hurts like hell. Sometimes it'll tighten up then.
Title: Re: Knee pain but no injury
Post by: knee always hurts on October 28, 2010, 11:28:53 PM
Welcome to the world of chronic knee pain! You certainly don't have to have a sudden trauma to have pain in your knee. Now, reviewing what you wrote, I'm not sure exactly what location you are describing, but take a look at this:

If you were going to see a specialist, it would be either an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine doctor.

It's good that you have been resting your knee. You're definitely going to want to avoid whatever activity precipitated the pain until you are pain free.
Title: Re: Knee pain but no injury
Post by: cdubb on October 29, 2010, 01:33:07 AM
In the US, you'll require a referral to see a physical therapist, but they do quite comprehensive evals...even more so than my orthopedic. Just because you go see a orthopedic surgeon, doesn't mean you'll need surgery, but they'll do the appropriate workup to get a diagnosis and they'll still treat conservatively prior to jumping into surgery. It's just who treats bone, muscle and joint injury here. There are non surgical ortho's, but personally...why have to change if you end up in the OR??