8 Signs Your Child's Knee Needs To Be Examined

If your child or teen is experiencing any of the following symptoms, he or she should be seen by a specialist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine.

  1. The knee is giving out and feels like it can’t support weight.
  2. The kneecap feels like it slides out of place.
  3. The knee does not have full motion.
  4. There is a painful “popping” or clicking sound.
  5. There is knee pain without an injury; it hurts during or after activity.
  6. The knee is “locking,” or getting stuck, and is not able to move.
  7. The knee does not have good strength.
  8. The knee is swelling–with or without a traumatic (sudden) injury.

While at home, initial treatment should be RICE:

  • REST
  • ICE
  • COMPRESSION
  • ELEVATION

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Consult your primary care physician for more serious injuries that do not respond to basic first aid. As an added resource, the staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine is available to diagnose and treat sports-related injuries for youth or adolescent athletes. Services are now available in five locations. To make an appointment, call (614) 355-6000 or request an appointment online.