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Knee pain is categorized as any type of tenderness or discomfort in the joint where your lower leg bones and upper leg bone meet. It can come on suddenly or build gradually over months or years.
If knee pain is interrupting your life, come to one of our Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area for complete care and treatment.
You may notice that you experience these symptoms along with your knee pain:
You should seek urgent (same-day) care for:
In rare cases, knee pain can be a sign a life-threatening condition, such as deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot that can travel from your leg to your lung. Call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing chest pain, have difficulty breathing or are wheezing.
Your knee pain may be caused by one of the following common knee issues:
At Dignity Health, our orthopedic specialists will diagnose the cause of your knee pain by using your symptoms, medical history and recent physical activity. They may also examine your knee and watch as you walk, run and squat.
Other tests that we may use to diagnose your knee pain include:
Your knee pain treatment may include physical therapy, medication and surgery.
Get compassionate and effective treatment for knee pain in the Bay Area through Dignity Health’s network of hospitals. Use our Find a Doctor tool to locate a specialist near you.