Revision Total Knee Replacement: Getting the Facts 

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about revision total knee replacement.

When should you see a doctor for knee pain?

Dr. Matthew Lawless explains when a doctor should be consulted for knee pain. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Knee pain that follows an injury in which the knee appears deformed should be followed up with a doctor right away, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)Off Site Icon. A swollen, tender or warm kneecap, and a fever that accompanies pain could be other indications of some forms of arthritis, and should be reported to a physician, according to the AAFP.

Arthritis is a common cause of knee pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation (AP)Off Site Icon. According to the AF, some symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Difficulty moving a joint or doing daily activities
  • Joint symptoms that cause you concern
  • Joint tenderness or stiffness
  • Joints that are red or warm to the touch
  • Pain, swelling, or stiffness in one or more joints

Symptoms lasting three days or more, or symptoms that occur several times in one month should be followed up with a doctor, according to the AF.

If you’re experiencing knee pain, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Richard Davis II, MD, Premier Orthopedics; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; National Institutes of Health