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Knee symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Knee symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had knee symptoms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. What knee symptoms are you experiencing?

    Why: e.g. knee pain, knee swelling, knee stiffness, knee locking, knee collapse, knee clicking.

  3. Are the knee symptoms transient?

    Why: may be due to rheumatic fever, sarcoidosis, relapsing rheumatoid arthritis or trauma.

  4. Are the knee symptoms unilateral or bilateral?

    Why: e.g. Unilateral knee pain would suggest gout, septic arthritis, bursitis, hemophilia, pseudogout, osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer around the knee), tuberculosis, osteomyelitis and traumatic conditions such as torn meniscus, hemarthrosis (accumulation of blood in the knee joint), sprain of collateral ligaments of the knee and fracture. Bilateral knee symptoms are more commonly seen in osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Reiter's disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

  5. Is there a history of trauma?

    Why: would suggest sprain, torn meniscus, cruciate ligament tear, collateral ligament tear, bruise or fracture.

  6. If knee symptoms are related to an injury, explain in detail how the injury happened?

    Why: e.g. did you land awkwardly after a leap in the air?; did your knee get a direct blow?; did your leg twist during the injury?; did you hear a "pop" or "snap"?

  7. If the knee symptoms are related to an injury, how soon after the injury did the symptoms develop and were you able to walk after the injury?
  8. What is the age of the person with the knee symptoms?

    Why: Younger people are more likely to have traumatic conditions (such as fracture, sprains, bruises, cruciate ligament tear, collateral ligament tear or a torn meniscus), Rheumatic fever and septic arthritis. Osgood Schlatter disease would be more typical of people in their teen years. People in their twenties are more likely to have Rheumatoid arthritis, Reiter's disease and systemic lupus erythematosus. People in the forth or fifth decade and older would be more likely to have osteoarthritis, gout and pseudogout. Osteogenic sarcoma seems to occur between the ages of 5 and 25 years.

  9. How much kneeling do you do?

    Why: e.g. scrubbing floors or cleaning carpets - may help determine likelihood of bursitis such as "housemaid's knee" ( swelling gradually developing over days and confined to the front of the knee).

  10. Have you had a previous tick bite?

    Why: may suggest Lyme disease (may present months or even years after a tick bite).

  11. Past medical history?

    Why: systemic diseases that may predispose to or present with knee joint symptoms include psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, dermatomyositis, bleeding disorders, rheumatic fever, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, diabetes mellitus, Wegener's granulomatosis, HIV infection, lung cancer, hemochromatosis, sarcoidosis, hyperparathyroidism, Paget's disease.

  12. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. previous knee surgery.

  13. Medications?

    Why: e.g. certain medications may precipitate gout including frusemide and thiazide diuretics; some medications may induce a Lupus syndrome including hydralazine, procainamide, phenytoin, chlorpromazine, isoniazid and methyldopa; other medications that may cause joint pain include cotrimazole, amoxicillin, mianserin, carbimazole and nitrofurantoin.

  14. History of intravenous drug abuse?

    Why: may suggest septic arthritis, hepatitis B or C, HIV-associated joint disease, subacute bacterial endocarditis and serum sickness reactions.

  15. Sexual history?

    Why: can determine risk of Reiter's syndrome, gonococcal arthritis, Hepatitis B or HIV viral arthritis.

  16. Family history?

    Why: e.g. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, gout, pseudogout, hemophilia.

  17. Knee pain? see knee pain
  18. Knee swelling?

    Why: if knee swelling is present, how would you explain the joint swelling? - e.g. acute joint swelling (1-4 hours) with intense pain would suggest blood (hemarthrosis), infection or gout; subacute (1-2 days) soft joint swelling would suggest synovial fluid effusion; chronic and bony joint swelling would suggest osteoarthritis; chronic and soft/boggy joint swelling would suggest synovial proliferation such as rheumatoid arthritis.

  19. Knee locking (sudden inability to extend the knee fully but ability to flex fully)?

    Why: suggests torn meniscus (bucket handle tear), loose body (bony fragment from osteochondritis dissecans, torn anterior cruciate ligament, avulsed anterior tibial spine, dislocated patella and osteochondromatosis. Pseudo-locking may be due to first or second degree medial ligament tear, strain of the anterior cruciate ligament, gross effusion (fluid collection in knee joint) and pain and spasm of the hamstring muscles.

  20. Knee collapse?

    Why: True knee collapse is a failure of the knee to bear weight with collapse. "Giving way" of the knee suggests a mechanical disorder (such as a torn ligament) although it can result from muscle weakness. When giving way of the knee occurs particularly on the stairs, the patellofemoral joint is suspect. Instability sufficient for the person to fall suggests patellar dislocation.

  21. Knee catching (feel that something is getting in the way of joint movement but not locking)?

    Why: suggests subluxing patella, loose bodies, torn meniscus, torn anterior cruciate ligament, avulsed anterior tibial spine, dislocated patella.

  22. Knee crepitus (knee grating with movement)?
  23. Prominent systemic symptoms?

    Why: (e.g. weight loss, fever, malaise) - should consider systemic lupus erythematosus, Reiter's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, scurvy and rheumatic fever.

  24. Fever?

    Why: may suggest septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, rheumatic fever, gonococcal arthritis, Reiter's syndrome, lupus erythematosus, Lyme arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, Still's disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

  25. Urethral discharge?

    Why: would suggest Reiter's syndrome or gonococcal arthritis.

  26. Recent diarrhea?

    Why: may suggest enteropathic arthritis (such as due to Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease) or Reiter's syndrome.

  27. Skin rash?

    Why: may suggest psoriatic arthritis, gonococcal arthritis or HIV infection.

  28. Eye pain?

    Why: may suggest Reiter's disease.

  29. Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

    Why: e.g. usually symmetrical and can affect many joints. Pain is worse at the end of the day and aggravated by use and cold weather, relieved by rest. Usually associated with pronounced stiffness, especially after activity.

  30. Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis?

    Why: e.g. usually starts with the gradual onset of pain and stiffness of the small joints of the hands and feet. Joint pain is worse on waking, nocturnal pain with disturbed sleep, pain is relieved with activity. Morning and rest stiffness can last for hours. May be associated with weakness, weight loss, malaise and fatigue.

  31. Symptoms of gout?

    Why: e.g. often excruciating pain in the great toe starting in the early hours of the morning, skin over the joint may be red, shiny, swollen and hot, joint is very tender to touch. Pain may be precipitated by alcohol excess, surgical operation, starvation and certain medications.

  32. Symptoms of Rheumatic fever?

    Why: e.g. typically occurs in children and young adults, migratory polyarthritis (many joints are involved, joints affected alter with time), involves large joints sequentially, one becoming hot, red, swollen and very painful as the other subsides. It rarely lasts more than five days in any one joint. Associated with acute fever.

  33. Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. conjunctivitis, urethritis (painful urination, penile discharge, vaginal discharge). The arthritis tends to affect the larger peripheral joints especially the ankle and knees.

  34. Symptoms of Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis or gastroenteritis?
  35. Symptoms of Lyme disease?

    Why: e.g. months or years after a tick bite develop joint pain, usually of the large joints such as knee; typical rash (a dough-nut shaped red rash about 6cm in diameter) at the bite site; heart disorders (especially abnormal rhythms of the heart) or disease of the central nervous system (including weakness of the muscles in the limbs, muscular pain or evidence of meningitis).

  36. Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter's disorder?

    Why: e.g. occurs in children aged 10-14 commonly in those involved in sports involving running, kicking and jumping. Localised pain in region of the tibial tubercle (bony protuberance at front of knee below knee cap) during and after activity, aggravated by kneeling down and going down stairs. Associated with the development of a lump and tenderness in the area.

  37. Symptoms of meniscal tears?

    Why: e.g. Often caused when there is history of injury with twisting movement with the foot firmly fixed on the ground. Present with pain over the joint line, locking of the knee, swelling of the knee and pain worse with activity.

  38. Symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament tear?

    Why: e.g. onset of pain after a sporting injury such as landing from a jump or a forced rotational strain of the knee when another player falls across the knee. Results in immediate swelling of the knee due to accumulation of blood in the knee joint. Problems after the injury of knee pain and knee "giving way".

  39. Symptoms of posterior cruciate ligament tear?

    Why: e.g. often caused by a direct blow to the front of the tibia in a flexed knee or from a severe hyperextension injury. Causes pain in the back of the knee radiating into the calf, especially running down hill. Usually causes little swelling and little disability except for limitation of running and jumping.

  40. Symptoms of medial collateral ligament rupture?

    Why: e.g. often caused by a direct force to the outer side of the knee. Causes pain and localized swelling on the inner side of the knee which is aggravated by twisting of the knee.

  41. Symptoms of the patellofemoral pain syndrome?

    Why: e.g. usually nil specific history of trauma to the knee. Causes pain behind the knee cap or deep in the knee which is aggravated during activities that require flexion of knee under loading (e.g. climbing stairs, walking down slopes, squatting or prolonged sitting).

  42. Symptoms of septic arthritis of the knee?

    Why: e.g. intense joint pain, feeling unwell, fever. The joint is usually held rigid.

  43. Symptoms of Osteochondritis dissecans?

    Why: e.g. person is usually 15-20 years of age and presents with intermittent ache or swelling of the knee. Later, there are attacks of giving way, and locking may occur. It results when a small bony-cartilage fragment separates from the femur bone within the knee joint and then appears as a loose body in the joint.

  44. Symptoms of dislocated patella?

    Why: e.g. occurs unexpectedly when the quadriceps muscle is contracted with the knee in flexion. There is acute pain and the person can not straighten the knee; sometimes the knee collapses and then person falls to the ground. Girls are more commonly affected than boys and the condition is often bilateral.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Knee symptoms:

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