If you suffer a serious knee injury, you might benefit from seeing a doctor to find out what the injury is and what you should do to recover quickly and safely. There are a lot of options, though, such as ER doctors, primary-care doctors or general practitioners, and orthopedic surgeons. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I address the question of the type of doctor you could see for your knee injury.

Sydney asks:
I have diagnosed myself with patellar subluxation. When I put pressure on my knee, it hurts very badly to the point where I can’t walk. When I bend my knee, it hurts and pops a little bit. Should I get this checked out? If I should, should I go to an emergency room or just to my primary care doctor?

There are pros and cons to going to an emergency room (ER) or urgent care facility, just as there are for going to your primary-care doctor. You also might not be able to see an orthopedic surgeon right away.

Is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon the best type of doctor to see after a knee injury?

In this video, I discuss all the options. I discuss some of the issues seeing an orthopedic surgeon right away but also why that might be a good option if you could do it.

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