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If I have chronic pain in my knee should I see my primary care doctor first?

If I have chronic pain in my knee should I see my primary care doctor first?

It Depends: Primary care doctors all have areas of special interest. If your doctor interest is in muscle and joint disorders, he/she would be able to help, it not you may want to see an orthopedist. I suggest you call the office and ask to speak with the nurse. Ask her if he routinely treats patients with knee pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Chronic Pain (Definition)

classic definition is pain older than 6 months. More recent definitions: Pain beyond the normal healing period, pain associated with psychological impact. Any pain that started as acute after and injury to surgery, but continues beyond the healing ...Read more


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So due to this knee pain I'm having I wrapped my knee but the pain is still there I can't sleep @ night I have no injury just chronic pain?

So due to this knee pain I'm having I wrapped my knee but the pain is still there I can't sleep @ night I have no injury just chronic pain?

On and On and On.: What you have, is an acute exacerbation of a chronic condition. These conditions typically go on for an extended period of time, never completely resolving. A better option would be having it evaluated by an orthopedic specialist. Find the cause of your pain and the best options for resolving it. ...Read more

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Chronic pain, stiffness, both feet, big & mid toes. Also chronic knee pain w intermittent grinding. Intermittent grinding right shoulder. Ra?Other?

Chronic pain, stiffness, both feet, big & mid toes. Also chronic knee pain w  intermittent grinding. Intermittent grinding right shoulder. Ra?Other?

RA, Osteoarthritis: When you have symptoms on both sides, it can open up the possibility of ra. Joints in RA or any other inflammatory arthritis, usually present with swelling , pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis is a result of wear on the cartilage in joints. The only way to find out what type is through blood tests and screening techniques to test for rheumatoid factor. ...Read more

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Should i see a doctor about knee issues? I have been having severe knee pain for the past couple years on and off and it has been getting persistently worse. I'm not sure if I should go see a doctor or not because my family does have a history of joint is

Knee : Knee pain can be caused by a variety of causes. In patients who have had a prior injury, such as sports injuries, ligament (acl, pcl) problems can be a concern, as can meniscal or cartilage injuries. In older patients, arthritis can be a cause. There are some knee problems that are caused by congenital issues such as patellar tracking problems. If knee pain is persistent; is limiting activity; if the knee is locking or giving way; or if the knee is swelling and tender then the patient should be seen for an evaluation so that the cause of the knee pain or instability can be determined. ...Read more

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I've been feeling more tired and have some knee pain. When should I see the doctor?

I've been feeling more tired and have some knee pain. When should I see the doctor?

Knee pain & fatigue: Unfortunately, there is not enough information provided to give a definitive answer. Fatigue and knee pain can both be caused by a large variety of conditions, and it is unclear if the two are even related. We don't know how long the symptoms have been present, nor your age. Without more info, i would certainly recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it better to see a sports doctor or physiotherapist for knee pain?

Is it better to see a sports doctor or physiotherapist for knee pain?

Sports doc: I would start with a sports medicine doctor, as they have the training to make sure you don't have something seriously wrong. This may include XR or MRI if indicated. If safe, you may then be referred to a physiotherapist to help you return to function ...Read more

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4 wk knee pain, esp after sitting and bending.Better when walking, but more sore in evening.See doc in wk.What to do to get better.Walking, biking bad?

4 wk knee pain, esp after sitting and bending.Better when walking, but more sore in evening.See doc in wk.What to do to get better.Walking, biking bad?

Specialist will help: Sounds like chondromalacia patella (cmp) or patellofemoral syndrome (pfs) both essentially the same. See a sports medicine musculoskeletal specialist, usually a doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) that specializes in omm (osteopathic manual medicine) or nmm (neuromuscular medicine) with a sports medicine background. You'll be prescribed exercises, stretches and usually a brace to reduce pain. ...Read more

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Persistent Pain (Definition)

Persistent pain is a symptom in which a person's pain doesn't come and go, but instead is present all the time. The pain can be mild, moderate, or severe, but its constant presence usually means there is ...Read more