How do I know if I need knee surgery?
As a simple rule of thumb, if changes in the way your knee looks or feels are starting to make you think twice about taking part in certain activities, it’s time to get your knee checked out.
Everyone will occasionally feel the odd twinge after physical exertion. So how do you tell the difference between a post-activity temporary ache and something more serious? Stay alert for the following 5 signs:
Changes in the appearance of your knee
Inflammation can be a clear sign that you need to see a specialist knee consultant. Inflammation often causes swelling. Identifying swelling can be easiest when you compare both knees side by side and ‘spot the difference’. If one knee looks significantly different to the other, talk to your knee doctor.
Knee pain mid-activity
Pain whilst walking, running, twisting etc is perhaps the clearest sign that something isn’t right. Such pains are unlikely to disappear without some corrective action, even if that action is simply to rest or strengthen the knee. Continuing with the activity that’s causing the knee pain could cause further damage and may make treatment outcomes less effective, so stop now and seek help.
Post-activity knee pain
“I’ll pay for this later.” If you find yourself saying that after a long walk, an energetic fitness session or a morning on the ski slopes, it could be a sign of trouble. ‘Payback pain’ as it is often known can be a symptom of a number of conditions, one of which could be some form of knee injury.
To rule out knee problems as the cause of the pain, or for diagnosis and treatment, talk to your knee injury clinic.
Knee pain when you sleep
If you find that pain in your knee(s) makes getting to sleep difficult, or the pain wakes you when you move, talk to a specialist orthopaedic consultant.
This is more than a feeling that you’ve ‘seized up’ after prolonged exercise. It’s more a feeling that your knee ‘locks’, making it difficult to bend the knee to sit. A common symptom of osteoarthritis (amongst other conditions), if you’re finding it increasingly difficult to move, talk to your knee specialist.
To discuss your knee pain, talk to a Yorkshire Knee Clinic consultant now and get help from specialists who focus purely on knee issues.