After you hurt your knee, should you see a doctor right away, or can you wait a few days or a few weeks and see if it improves? In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I discuss when you might go to a doctor after a knee injury.

Janna asks:
Should I go to the doctor if someone fell right on top of my knee? It’s been almost 3 weeks, and it has been getting worse. It hurts on top of my left knee and the right side of the left knee. I couldn’t walk at the time of the injury. Sometimes it hurts so bad that I have to hop in school. Sometimes I can limp but barely put any weight on it.

In my opinion as an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, I don’t think there is a right amount of time to wait to see if your knee improves. I don’t know that there is anything special about 48 hours, 1 week or 6 weeks.

When should you go to a doctor after a knee injury and when can you wait?

As I discuss in this video, there are some signs and symptoms of serious knee injuries. But I think there is one way – and one question to ask yourself – to decide if you should go to a doctor after a knee injury.

Also read:
What type of doctor should I see for my knee injury?
How do I know if I have a serious knee injury?

Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, on my website, on my podcast, or in social media. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.

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