When to seek medical advice

Get emergency medical care if knee pain is accompanied by any of the following factors:

  • You experience bleeding or severe pain after an injury.
  • Bone or tendons are exposed.
  • The knee is visibly out of place.
  • There's sudden swelling or redness.
  • You can't bend your knee or put weight on it.
  • You heard a popping sound or felt a snapping sensation.
  • The pain is associated with fever and chills.

Knee pain in adults

Find possible causes of knee pain based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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