When Is It Necessary to Have Hip and Knee Pain be Evaluated?

When Is It Necessary to Have Hip and Knee Pain be Evaluated?

The hips and knees undergo a lot of wear and tear over time. For many, this can lead to stiffness, pain, and lost mobility. While hip and knee pain can be managed in some cases with home remedies like cold therapy, you may need to have your pain professionally evaluated to achieve relief. 

You may need to have hip or knee pain evaluated if:

Your Pain is Chronic. 

If your hip or knee pain persists over weeks or months without improvement, or if it becomes worse over time, it’s important to have it evaluated. Chronic pain in the hip or knee joint can indicate arthritis or an inflammatory condition, which requires long-term management. Dr. Higgins at Hernando Orthopaedic can provide a personalized treatment plan for chronic hip or knee pain so that you achieve lasting relief. 

Your Knee or Hip Gives Out. 

If your knee or hip suddenly gives out under you, it’s time to get it checked out by a professional. Pain accompanied by a joint that’s unable to bear weight may indicate a serious injury, such as a fracture or torn ligament. Additionally, a hip or knee that suddenly gives out can keep you from exercising and doing the activities that you love. 

You’re An Athlete. 

If you participate in sports and athletic activities, the impact of frequent physical activity puts you at an increased risk of hip and knee pain. To stay at the top of your game, it’s important to have joint pain evaluated promptly. With professional diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to get to the root of your joint pain and return to your sport promptly. At Hernando Orthopaedic, we provide sports medicine services to help athletes recover from injuries ASAP. 

If you have hip or knee pain that needs a professional evaluation, schedule an appointment at Hernando Orthopaedic today.