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How do I know if my knee injury is serious?

How do I know if my knee injury is serious

How do I know if my knee injury is serious?

Imagine you are on a run and fall over a sidewalk, or you awkwardly bend your knees; what would you do next? The sudden falls and accidents may break the knee bones or tear the cartilage. The knees are the most commonly injured joints of the body, it is vital to check their health. But how do you know if your knee injury is serious? 

Every year thousands of people experience knee pain. It may result from sports injuries or other conditions. If you have a knee injury, you must seek medical help preferably from a knee specialist. Understanding the signs and symptoms to judge if the damage is severe, would help. 

If the knee injury is caused by trauma or sudden blow to the knee structure, it may be a severe knee injury. The injury can damage the ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bursa sac. These tissues are present around the knee structure and help in its movement. The complexity of the knee structure makes it vulnerable to damages. Moreover, if you are involved in a contact or collision sport, you would know about such injuries. 


How do I know if my knee injury is serious?

If you have any of these common knee injuries, it needs medical attention. 

  • A damaged ACL requires immediate medical attention, and the damages may occur due to sudden changes in direction, jumps, abrupt stops, and high-speed activities. 
  • A torn meniscus, occurring due to sudden twist in the leg. 
  • Knee bursitis, occurring due to an inflammation in the bursa sac. It often results from constant kneeling. 
  • Knee fractures due to a sudden fall or accident. 
  • Patellar tendinitis occurs due to high-impact running and jumping. It is a condition that causes inflammation in the tendons connecting the thigh to the shin. 

After a knee injury, it is beneficial to visit a doctor’s office. But how to know if my knee injury is serious and I need medical attention?


The reasons that make up for mandatory visit to a doctor’s clinic are:

  • Swelling
    If you have hurt your knees, you may develop swelling around them. However, it is common to experience a bit of swelling due to fluid accumulation. If you develop excess swelling within a few hours of the injury, it requires medical attention. It could be due to a fracture or a torn ACL. Therefore, you must visit a doctor for a proper check-up.
  • Popping sound
    You can contact a doctor if you hear a popping or crunching sound while moving your legs. It could happen after bending your legs at an unnatural angle. The popping or crunching sound may be followed by intense pain.
  • Inability to bear heavyweight
    If you cannot put pressure on the injured leg, you must visit a clinic for medical help. Whenever you try to put your weight on the injured leg, you feel intense pain. The pain may result from a fractured bone.
  • A locked knee
    If you are a young athlete, you may develop a torn meniscus. The injury may hinder your movements because the inner torn fragments are flipped into the centre. The damage may be fixed through surgical intervention. A surgeon fixes the meniscus at its exact location during the surgery.
  • Inability to fully extend the knee
    You may face issues while flexing or extending your knees. It may happen due to inflammation, swelling, aches, and pain. However, these problems may indicate serious issues like a torn ACL, patellar dislocations, and other knee problems.
  • Knees giving out or buckling under pressure
    If you feel that your knees are under pressure, it may be because of a torn ACL. For example, a sudden twist during sports or putting excess pressure on the knees during a jump can cause knee injuries. 

All these conditions require medical attention. So you must visit a knee specialist for a proper diagnosis of your knees. For an expert opinion on various knee injuries, you may contact Germanten Hospitals. We are experts in treating bone-related conditions and knee injuries. Our expert team individually diagnoses the cases and then suggests the best treatment options. In addition, our team is an expert in caring for sportspeople who have developed severe injuries during their sports events. 


Germanten Hospital has been one of India’s leading facilities for various medical treatments. Under insightful leadership, we have acquired excellence when it comes to treatments in neurology, plastic or cosmetic surgery, orthopaedics and reconstructive surgery. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan has led our hospital to the forefront of the medical industry. He has experience of 20 years in orthopaedics. His alma mater is Osmania University, where Dr. Khan achieved a gold medal for his excellence in education. He then completed advanced training in the USA and Germany. 

Dr. Mir Jawad Zar Khan was awarded the “Best Doctor” by Shri Roshaiah Garu, the Former Gov. of Tamil Nadu and former CM of Andhra Pradesh. He was also felicitated with the Vaida Ratna Award in 2019 by Shri Etala Rajendra, the honourable health minister of Telangana. In addition to that, Germanten Hospital also received an award of “Best Orthopaedic Hospital In South India” from the Economic Times Group in 2021. 

We have gained access to state-of-the-art medical technology and the latest advanced equipment, which has proven to be quite beneficial for our patients. 

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