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Knee Pain Overview (cont.)

When to Go to the Hospital for Knee Pain

  • If you cannot walk on your knee and you have had a traumatic injury, you should immediately go to the hospital's emergency department or urgent care center to be evaluated by a doctor because of the possibility of a fracture or significant ligamentous or tendon injury.
    • Many fractures may require immobilization in a specific position or surgery.
    • Putting off seeing a doctor may hinder healing.
  • Other signs and symptoms that demand emergency evaluation:
    • Fever
    • (which may indicate infection)
    • Unbearable pain
    • Drainage
    • Large wounds
    • Puncture wounds
    • Swelling, if you are on a blood thinner (warfarin
    • or Coumadin) or have a bleeding disorder (such as hemophilia)
    • Swelling that is associated with redness and the knee feeling warm

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