Evaluation of the Painful Knee

The history should begin with the primary complaint and since how long the patient has been experiencing the problem. The specific location of pain, the nature of pain (ache, burning, pinching etc.)

In conjunction with pain, knee mobility issues are also reported by the patients. The joint either doesn’t bend completely or level up which is also referred to as locking-knee.

Vacillation of the knee is one another issue that most of the patients complain off.

In this condition, a patient observes that the knee usually buckles or shifts while performing certain activities. This variation in movement can occur due to two general etiologies.

  1. Ligamentous injury.
  2. Problems in the patellofemoral joint.

Instability of the patella in the trochlear groove will result in a giving-way sensation as the patella subluxes