Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
You have symptoms that may be present with a serious cause of knee pain, such as infection or fracture.
While many people have these symptoms without a serious cause of knee pain, it is important that you contact your doctor promptly to be evaluated. It may be helpful to return to this decision guide after evaluation.
For fractures, infection, or other serious knee problems, surgery may be necessary. While fractures involving a joint may eventually lead to arthritis, most heal well with a return to normal function.