If you are experiencing pain in your knees, or if you find it getting harder to move around like you used to, it is never too early to consult with your doctor for an evaluation. Preventative care is essential for the long term health of any joint, bone, muscle, tendon, or ligament; however, if you have already been made aware of any joint deterioration, or if you have recently sustained a serious injury to your knee, you may be a candidate for knee replacements.
- Persistent or Recurring Pain
- Occasional mild pain in your knees may occur for any number of reasons, but if it is constant, frequent, or keeping you from movements that used to be painless, you should notify your doctor immediately.
- If you get up in the morning, or after sitting through a movie or show, and your knees are stiff for an extended period of time, this may be a sign of joint deterioration or osteoarthritis.
- Decrease in Motion
- If you notice that you are unable to bend your knees to the extent that you have moved them in the past, especially to perform everyday functions around the home or at work, this is another symptom that you should report to your physician.
- A regular grating or crackling feeling, often accompanied by a noise, indicates the possibility of worn cartilage.