If you hurt your knee (or any part of your body), how can you know if it is serious? Can you put ice on it and stay off of it for a couple of days? Or should you see a doctor right away? What if you can’t straighten the knee?
In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I talk about one sign – for a knee injury, at least – that suggests your injury could be serious and needs surgery.
My daughter does cheer. She was tumbling yesterday, landed funny and hurt her knee. She has pain on the side of her knee and the back of the knee. She can’t straighten her leg. I’m just wondering what this might be. Should I call her doctor or just ice it and have her take Motrin? She is currently wearing a knee brace and limping.
People understandably want to know how they can tell if they suffered any damage to their knee or if it isn’t a big deal. I have a popular post on this site – 7 signs your knee injury is serious – that discusses worrisome signs about your knee injury.
I talk about one of those 7 signs in this video. This knee issue – you can’t straighten the knee, especially in a middle school or high school athlete – could be a sign of an injury that needs surgery.
Recommended Products and Resources
Click here to go to Dr. David Geier’s Amazon Influencer store!
Due to a large number of questions I have received over the years asking about products for health, injuries, performance, and other areas of sports, exercise, work and life, I have created an Amazon Influencer page. While this information and these products are not intended to treat any specific injury or illness you have, they are products I use personally, have used or have tried, or I have recommended to others. THE SITE MAY OFFER HEALTH, FITNESS, NUTRITIONAL AND OTHER SUCH INFORMATION, BUT SUCH INFORMATION IS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE CONTENT DOES NOT AND IS NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY MEDICAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. THE SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACTIONS OR INACTION ON A USER’S PART BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED ON THE SITE. Please note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.