When to Call a Doctor
When you have knee pain, you should take over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medicines and use the P.R.I.C.E. method for 3-7 days. If you do not have significant improvement during that time, make an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon. Depending on your level of pain, you may decide to call sooner. Always err on the side of caution as getting help quickly may speed your recovery.
If you do not have an orthopaedic doctor, please contact one of our Riverside orthopaedic clinics and one of our physicians will be glad to assist you. If you would like help in contacting a physician, please do not hesitate to call Riverside Nurse at (757) 595-6363 or 1-800-675-6368.
- Have a fever or feel heat in the knee.
- Are experiencing unbearable pain.
- Cannot bear weight on the knee.
- Have marked knee swelling.
- Have either a large wound or a puncture wound.
- Are taking a blood thinner and are experiencing swelling in the knee.
Our emergency physicians are trained in all aspects of emergency orthopaedic care and are also backed by the support of our orthopaedic surgeons who are on call 24/7, 365 days a year.