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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Why hasn't the swelling in my knee gone down in a month of icing after a torn medial retinaculum?

Why hasn't the swelling in my knee gone down in a month of icing after a torn medial retinaculum?

Takes time: You most likely had a hemarthrosis (blood on your knee) and this can take 8-12 weeks to resolve depending on your activity. Continue ice and activity modification but it's like watching paint dry. If swelling or pain persists i would see an orthopedist. They could possibly remove the fluid from your knee (needle aspiration). ...Read more

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What causes pain in my knee after ACL reconstruction?

What causes pain in my knee after ACL reconstruction?

See your doc: not sure how long you are talking since surgery id get a good exam by your orho make sure graft and hardware is in good position with an xray is is possible you may have injured your meniscus? ...Read more

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Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Ankle sprain 3+ months ago. Can scar tissues in the ankle cause tightness inside the ankle. How to loosen tightness? Pain in ankle during calf stretch

Scar is your friend: In this case scar is your friend as it by this mechanism that healing of sprains occurs it takes several months to fully recover/ try to avoid repeat injuries general stretching helps/ backward walking helps/ hot and cold packs help and the both work go back and forth between the two also consider wrapping the ankle with plastic wrap at bedtime this helps to limber up stiff tissue good luck in. ...Read more

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A lot of knee pain while in seated position or after sports..

A lot of knee pain while in seated position or after sports..

Kneecap: A common complaint of people with patellofemoral (kneecap) problems is pain after sitting in one position for awhile. It is often accompanied by pain in the front of the knee doing stairs or deep knee bends. Stretching the quads and hamstrings is helpful. Aleeve or Motrin helps the pain. A good exam and xray would shed light. ...Read more

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Is edema in feet and ankles 4 weeks post knee injury normal?

Is edema in feet and ankles 4 weeks post knee injury normal?

Yes: It is not unusual to retain fluid as your activity is diminished. It generally resolves with normal activity. ...Read more

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Quad stretch with extreme pain on the medial side of the knee. Is this normal just had torn cartilage removed from the knee 7 days ago. In extreme pai?

Quad stretch with extreme pain on the medial side of the knee. Is this normal just had torn cartilage removed from the knee 7 days ago. In extreme pai?

Varies: Everyone's recovery is different, it could be simply related to postoperative swelling; but if the pain is extreme, I would just make sure your surgeon is aware just to make sure you are not having some type of peri operative complication. ...Read more

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I had knee arthroscopic surgery removal of scar tissue under the patella. Did a squat in pt and felt a painful pop in the back of knee. Help explain?

I had knee arthroscopic surgery removal of scar tissue under the patella. Did a squat in pt and felt a painful pop in the back of knee. Help explain?

Bakers cyst?: Pain in the back of the knee after arthroscopic surgery can be quite a few things but a common cause is a Baker's Cyst. This is excess swelling in the back (posterior) part of the knee that can occur after surgery. A deep squat can cause the cyst to rupture creating the sensation of a pop. It can cause calf pain. See your medical provider to rule out blood clots and other issues first. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of knee pain with specific movement. L knee pn. History of meniscus damage with arthroscopic surgery 5+ years ago. Developing sudden onset of pain while extending knee from bent position while bearing weight. Pn located from outside-center

Sudden onset of knee pain with specific movement. L knee pn. History of meniscus damage with arthroscopic surgery 5+ years ago. 
 
Developing sudden onset of pain while extending knee from bent position while bearing weight. Pn located from outside-center

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. You may wish to try thessaly test, but it is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. ...Read more

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What injury can result in having fluid drained from a swollen joint such as a knee?

What injury can result in having fluid drained from a swollen joint such as a knee?

Arthritis.: Arthritis or an acute injury to the ACL, or other structures of the knee, can cause a fluid buildup that may need to be drained. ...Read more

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Is a ACL sprain the same as a ACL tear? Unable to straighten the knee. Large knee joint effusion. Please help in a lot of pain. Thanks.

Is a ACL sprain the same as a ACL tear? Unable to straighten the knee. Large knee joint effusion. Please help in a lot of pain. Thanks.

No: A full tear is different than a sprain. A sprain can heal whereas the tear will not and the body tries to compensate. The effusion is due to the initial injury that caused this in the first place. The not being able to straighten the knee part is the most concerning...I guess it happened very recently :( Consider ER or bracing at the moment. Schedule to see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking , grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking , grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Yes: Yes to all of the above. Grinding sounds unusual though. If the noise comes from kneecap then it is the kneecap and not menisucs. However it sure sounds like it based on what you describe. Exam is very unreliable though and MRI is usually necessary. ...Read more

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Burning pain in ankle up to knee. Ankle injury 20 days ago. No fracture in x-ray. Arch and heel pain with sweeling on ankle with burning while walking?

Burning pain in ankle up to knee. Ankle injury 20 days ago. No fracture in x-ray. Arch and heel pain with sweeling on ankle with burning while walking?

Pain: Agreed - sounds like tendonitis . The nerves in the area my be injured also depending on the mechanism of injury , which we don't know. As stated , stay in close contact with your treating physician ...Read more

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Treatment of patellar compression and increase in intraarticular fluid with pseudocyst posterior to posterior cruciate ligament .Mri result of my knee?

Treatment of patellar compression and increase in intraarticular fluid with pseudocyst posterior to posterior cruciate ligament .Mri result of my knee?

Popliteal Cyst: Depending on the symptoms and size of the cyst, it can be removed surgically at the same time knee can be looked inside by arthroscope for any damage to articular cartilage. However i will suggest you try pt & Ibuprofen first. ...Read more

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Turned knee and kicked in the air . sudden shock , later swollen. Had MRI and Xray, nothing shows. Swollen knee , water in the knee show in mri. Help?

Turned knee and kicked in the air . sudden shock , later swollen. Had MRI and Xray,  nothing shows. Swollen knee , water in the knee show in mri. Help?

Bursitis: If the fluid is causing the pain you could see Ortho or your primary to have it drained. That can relieve the pain almost instantaneously. ...Read more