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Most knee problems will start to improve within 8-24 weeks

Knee pain can be a symptom of many different conditions. Sometimes it is difficult to know what has caused the knee to be painful, as there may not have been an obvious reason. Often a knee can become painful a few days after doing an activity that is different for you. This may have been something simple, such as a longer time spent walking or more time kneeling whilst gardening or cleaning.

For some people their knee pain may be the result of injury sustained whilst playing sport or from a fall or awkward twist on the knee.

Most knee problems will start to improve within 8-24 weeks

Symptoms to check

Click the plus sign to see a list of problems that could be a sign you may need to be checked urgently

Get advice from 111 now if:

  • your knee is very painful and you cannot put any weight on it
  • you have direct injury to the knee and it has become very swollen very quickly (within 60 minutes)
  • your knee is badly swollen or has changed shape
  • you have a very high temperature, feel hot and shivery, and have redness or heat around the knee – this can be a sign of infection

111 will tell you what to do. They can tell you the right place to get help if you need to see someone.

Go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.

Immediate medical advice is available by contacting NHS 111

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Exercises & Resources

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Referral Information

If your knee pain persists, or you are not sure what to do you can self-refer to see a local physiotherapist who can help you with your problem