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Joint Pain Assessment Quiz

Joint Pain Assessment Quiz

Knee pain may be acute, following an injury or overuse, or it may be chronic and evolve slowly over a period of time. Pain may occur in one or both knees. This quiz will help you understand the severity of your knee condition.

Symptoms Rating
In the past four weeks


Check your answer below.(Scale 0-4)

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How would you describe the pain you usually have in your knee?

Have you had any trouble washing and drying yourself (all over) because of your knee?

Have you had any trouble getting in and out of the car or using public transportation because of your knee (with or without a stick)?

For how long are you able to walk before the pain in your knee becomes severe (with or without a stick)?

After a meal (seated at a table), how painful has it been for you to stand up from a chair because of your knee?

Have you been limping when walking because of your knee?

Could you kneel down and get up again afterwards?

Are you troubled by pain in your knee at night in bed?

How much has pain from your knee interfered with your usual work (including housework)?

Have you felt that your knee might suddenly give away or let you down?

Could you do household shopping on your own?

Could you walk down a flight of stairs?

40-48 points: May indicate severe knee arthritis. It is highly likely that you may well require some form of surgical intervention.

30-39 points: May indicate moderate to severe knee arthritis. See your family physician for an assessment and x-ray. Consider a consult with an orthopedic surgeon.

20-29 points: May indicate mild to moderate knee arthritis. Consider seeing your family physician for an assessment and possible x-ray. You may benefit from non-surgical treatment, such as exercise, weight loss, and/or anti-inflammatory medication.

0-19 points: May indicate satisfactory joint function. May not require any formal treatment.