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2 Potential Severe Knee Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Tibial Plateau Fracture

    The knee is a joint where two large bones, the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia), meet. A tibial plateau fracture is a fracture of the top part of the shin bone, which is usually caused by trauma (injury).

    3 months or more of rehabilitation until full ability to bear weight is restored.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, swollen knee, severe knee pain
    Symptoms that always occur with tibial plateau fracture:
    pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, constant knee pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  2. 2.Posterior Cruciate Ligament (Pcl) Injury

    The PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) is located in the back of the knee and connects the big thigh bone (femur) to the big shin bone (tibia). It keeps the tibia from moving backwards. An injury to the PCL requires a huge force, making it much rarer than an ACL tear.

    6-12 months

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant knee pain, severe knee pain, pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, swollen knee
    Symptoms that always occur with posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury:
    inability to bear weight immediately after injury, pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, severe knee pain, constant knee pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Knee Pain

  • Q.Is the knee pain affecting one or both knees?
  • Q.Is your knee pain:
  • Q.Where is your knee pain?
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:

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Severe Knee Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe knee pain have also experienced:

    • 5% Knee Pain
    • 5% Knee Stiffness
    • 4% Knee Locking
  • People who have experienced severe knee pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 40% Over a Month
    • 20% Less Than a Day
    • 19% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced severe knee pain were most often matched with:

    • 2% Tibial Plateau Fracture
    • 2% Posterior Cruciate Ligament (Pcl) Injury
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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