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What tests are done to evaluate knee pain?
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Dr. Ketan Mody
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Complete history PE
The proper way to evaluate knee pain starts with a good history.
Your doctor should listnen to your story and how you got hurt and what hurts and what makes it better or worse. Then your doctor needs to evaluate the knee it self by looking at it, palpating it, doing some special tests . He/she may order xrays or mri's or ct scans or bone scans depending on what the are thinking is going on.

In brief: Complete history PE
The proper way to evaluate knee pain starts with a good history.
Your doctor should listnen to your story and how you got hurt and what hurts and what makes it better or worse. Then your doctor needs to evaluate the knee it self by looking at it, palpating it, doing some special tests . He/she may order xrays or mri's or ct scans or bone scans depending on what the are thinking is going on.
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Dr. Mark Brezinski
The physical exam is most important. Imaging has a high probability of identifying something that is not the problem. In a recent study of asymptomatic volunteers (median age 38) over 70% of hips by imaging had lesions that could be operated on. They had no symptoms. But exam of control of hip and ankle is most critical as the knee is a dependent joint.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Physical exam
Physical exam, x-ray and MRI are the most popular.

In brief: Physical exam
Physical exam, x-ray and MRI are the most popular.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Mark Brezinski
Sports Medicine
In brief: Exam
There are numerous reasons for knee pain and a exam is generally required, including hip, ankle, and gait.
Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problems. Patients are often surprised much of knee pain is poor control at the hip and ankle. Two YouTube videos review the concepts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Nh5aYwFnA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SXiDCMP3E

In brief: Exam
There are numerous reasons for knee pain and a exam is generally required, including hip, ankle, and gait.
Most orthopedics exams are directed at identifying surgical problems. Patients are often surprised much of knee pain is poor control at the hip and ankle. Two YouTube videos review the concepts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43Nh5aYwFnA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6SXiDCMP3E
Dr. Mark Brezinski
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Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: It depends
Knee pain can have multiple causes including but not limited to trauma, arthritis, tendinitis, infection, and neoplasm. A thorough history and physical followed by diagnostic imaging can help get the answers and treatment you might need.
After an exam your physician will determine if x-rays, MRI, blood tests, or other tests are necessary. Blood tests can be used to look for other causes like RA.

In brief: It depends
Knee pain can have multiple causes including but not limited to trauma, arthritis, tendinitis, infection, and neoplasm. A thorough history and physical followed by diagnostic imaging can help get the answers and treatment you might need.
After an exam your physician will determine if x-rays, MRI, blood tests, or other tests are necessary. Blood tests can be used to look for other causes like RA.
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
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