Knee Injuries and when to see a Knee Specialist?

Knee Injuries and when to see a Knee Specialist

A fall resulting in knee pain can cause injuries ranging from minor bruises, which can be treated at home, to more severe fractures or torn ligaments which may require corrective surgery. The severity of your knee pain necessitates medical attention. Local knee specialists in Singapore can help you get back on your feet quickly after an injury.

Symptoms Of Knee Injury

Depending on the root cause of the issue, the location and intensity of knee pain may differ. Signs and symptoms that may accompany pain may include:

  • Redness and warmth to touch
  • Weakness or instability
  • Popping or crunching sound
  • Unable to straighten the knee

Types Of Knee Injuries

  • ACL injury. An ACL injury is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament, one of four ligaments that connect your shinbone to your thighbone. An ACL injury is prevalent in people who play basketball, soccer or other sports that require sudden direction changes.
  • Fractures. The knee bones, including the kneecap, can be broken during falls or auto accidents. Also, people whose bones have been weakened by osteoporosis can sometimes sustain a knee fracture simply by stepping wrongly.
  • Knee bursitis. Some knee injuries cause inflammation in the bursae, the tiny sacs of fluid that cushion the outside of your knee joint so that tendons and ligaments glide smoothly over the joint.
  • Patellar tendinitis. Tendinitis is the irritation and inflammation of one or more tendons, which are thick, fibrous tissue connecting muscles to bones. People who engage in sports involving jumping, such as runners, skiers, and cyclists, are at risk of developing patellar tendinitis.
  • Torn meniscus. The meniscus is the robust and rubbery cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between your shinbone and thighbone. It can be torn if you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on it.

Knee Injury Treatment

If your knee pain is not severe, you may not have injured it; rather, it may be an uncomfortable result of overexertion. In most cases, however, this discomfort can be managed by adhering to the RICE protocol: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

When to see a doctor

Following are some reasons that you should see a doctor:

  • Unable to bear weight on your knee
  • Swelling in the knee
  • Unable to fully extend your knee
  • Your knee is unstable or gives out
  • Have a fever in addition to the pain and swelling in your knee
  • Experiencing severe knee pain as a result of an injury

To treat a knee injury, it is essential to stabilize the knee first. It is recommended that you wear a brace to prevent your knee joint from shifting. This will allow bone fractures to heal correctly. Crutches can also prevent you from placing weight on your injured leg. After further examination by our team, it will be determined whether you will require physical therapy or surgery to recover from your knee injury.

At SBF Sports & Hand Centre, we provide suitable medical treatment for our patients. Our certified and experienced professionals help you with knee, shoulder, joints and other injuries using modern facilities.

Our team of specialists-led by Dr K C Ang, provide solutions to all your knee injuries. Dr KC Ang graduated from the University of Melbourne Medical School in 1990. He obtained his surgical fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1995 and after completing his Advanced Orthopaedic Training became the first of his cohort to obtain the FRCS Ed (Orth) in 2000. He has done clinical fellowships in Knee and Sports Medicine in the UK as well as Shoulder and Elbow surgery in Melbourne, Australia.

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