Q. How to treat twisted knee with severe pain and soreness?

Answered by
Dr. Anuj Nigam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 26, 2022 and last reviewed on: Mar 07, 2023

Hi doctor,

I had my knee twisted while traveling to a different country. There is no insurance, so I went for acupuncture, and I am feeling better now. However, I have pain in my left knee. My right knee is sore in the back and calf muscles. Please help me out with this problem.

I really appreciate any help you can provide.



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I understand your concern.

Pain in a twisted knee can be due to many reasons, including ligament injury, muscle sprain, tendon injury, or even some minor fractures. Usually only the injured knee is painful in a twisting injury, and the other knee is normal. As both your knees are paining, you probably had some issues that were not noticed yet. The twisting injury aggravated the previous problems of the knee.

Sitting for prolonged periods while traveling has added stress to your knee. If you can walk without pain, we can rule out any fractures. However, an X-ray will help us to be very sure of it. The ligament injury can be diagnosed best in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), which should be done if there is pain on long-standing, long walks, and climbing stairs. A feeling of giving way or feeling like falling is an immediate indication to get MRI.

If your age is more than 30, then you are moving towards developing osteoporosis which causes pain in the knee joints.

Regular physical activity and calcium and Vitamin D3 supplements will help you. Pain can be managed by low-dose pain medicines and limitations of certain activities that may increase pain, like squatting, long-standing, or walking for long distances. Please feel free to follow up with me for further queries. Let us plan a better treatment to get you healthy at the earliest. I hope I have explained it in an easily understandable language. Please give feedback and a rating to this answer.

I wish you good health!

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