When to see your GP

You should see your GP if:

  • you cannot put weight on your knee at all
  • you have severe pain even when you're not putting weight on it, such as at night
  • your knee locks or painfully clicks (painless clicking is OK)
  • your knee keeps giving way
  • you're unable to fully bend or straighten your knee
  • your knee looks deformed
  • you have fever, redness or heat around the knee, or it's very swollen
  • you have pain, swelling, numbness ortingling of the calf beneath your affected knee
  • the pain doesn't start to improve within a few weeks or you havepain that's still severe aftera fewdays of caring for your knee at home

Your GP will do a careful examination of the knee and take your medical history. They may also arrange further tests such as blood tests , an X-ray or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to help identify the problem. In some cases, you may need to be referred to an orthopaedic specialist.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018