First, you should get a diagnosis of your knee pain. This can be done by visiting a physical therapist, a specialist doctor, or your general practitioner. Manual testing can be used by a specialist or physical therapist to diagnose the knee pain or problem. The specific health care provider can make a diagnosis by performing specific movements on your knee to evaluate the ligaments and joint integrity.
Most common, you will have an X-ray, and if a follow-up study is needed, you might go for an MRI to diagnose if you have a tear to your ligaments or cartilage. If you have severe arthritis, that will show up on an X-ray as well.
It is crucial that you receive the right treatment plan after a diagnosis has been made. There are many types of knee pain. The diagnosis will determine the best treatment plan.
If you have a tear in the meniscus or cruciate, you will need to undergo some type of invasive procedure. It could be an arthroscopic or more serious procedure where a cruciate, posterior cruciate, or other ligaments might have been damaged. It might be necessary to attach it and anchor it to bone.
These conditions, along with other inflammations of the knee such as tendonitis medial and collateral ligaments, are common causes of knee pain. This can be corrected by correcting your muscle imbalance.