Updated 07 July 2014

Diagnosing knee pain

How is knee pain diagnosed?

The description and background given by the patient will lead towards a diagnosis.

Usually, X-rays or other scans, such as a CAT or MRI, may be required to show the extent of the damage and to help in planning treatment. Sometimes such inspection is the only way to determine the underlying cause of the pain.

Arthroscopy may be needed to inspect the joint in cases where meniscus problems are diagnosed, and often to repair the problem at the same time.

If a malignancy is suspected, the appropriate investigation protocol is followed, usually involving a consulting oncologist.

Read more:

What is knee pain?
Causes of knee pain
Do you know the cause of your knee pain?

(Dr AG Hall)


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Ask the Expert

Arthritis expert

Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London. Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach. Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.

Still have a question?

Get free advice from our panel of experts

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

* You must accept our condition

Forum Rules