You should consider seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for knee pain in the following situations:
Severe pain or significant swelling
If you experience intense or persistent knee pain that affects your daily activities and is not relieved by rest, over-the-counter pain medications, or other conservative treatments, it may be time to consult an orthopaedic surgeon.
Limited mobility or difficulty bearing weight
If you have difficulty moving your knee joint, have trouble walking or bearing weight on the affected leg, or experience significant joint instability, it is advisable to seek the expertise of an orthopaedic surgeon.
Injury or trauma
If you have suffered a sudden knee injury, such as a ligament tear, meniscus tear, or fracture, it is important to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon. They can evaluate the extent of the injury and recommend appropriate treatment options, which may include surgery.
Failed conservative treatments
If you have already tried conservative treatments such as rest, physical therapy, medications, or injections, but have not experienced significant improvement in your knee pain or function, it may be time to explore surgical options. An orthopaedic surgeon can assess your condition and discuss whether surgery may be appropriate for your specific case.
Chronic or recurring knee pain
If you have a history of chronic or recurring knee pain that interferes with your quality of life and has not responded to conservative treatments, it may be beneficial to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon for a comprehensive evaluation and to discuss further treatment options.
Previous knee surgery
If you have previously undergone knee surgery and continue to experience persistent or new knee pain, it is important to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon who can evaluate the underlying cause and determine if additional treatment or revision surgery is necessary.
Remember, these are general guidelines, and each individual’s situation is unique. It is always best to consult with a healthcare professional or orthopaedic surgeon to receive a proper evaluation and personalised advice based on your specific condition and symptoms. They will be able to provide a comprehensive assessment and recommend appropriate treatment options tailored to your needs.