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How badly swollen does my knee need to be for it to be drained

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
When it bother you: Swollen knee (effusion, or water in the knee) you do not feel it usually, when start to feel it and notice it that abnormal, should check it out and t ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
How much pain r u in: Most swollen joints do not "have" to be drained--it is done to improve mobility and to reduce the large amounts of pain that tend to accompany them. I ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abimbola Olowo
15 years experience Hospital-based practice
Knee swelling.: A knee being swollen is relative. A more concerning question is how functional is the knee with regards to mobility. How long has your knee been givin ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Swollen joint: Almost any injury that causes synovitis can lead to joint effusion. Arthritis, gout, trauma, etc. Can cause this. Watch out, however, for infection of ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Fluid in the knee can be due to different causes most of which have treatment to control the symptoms. Hope depending on the analysis of synovial flu ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Synovial fluid: Usually this is synovial fluid. Synovial fluid's job is to lubricate and protect the joint. In the presence of injury, inflammation or infection, the ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Usually: Aspiration of injection with cortisone is the best way to get immediate relief. Also, since you have fever, you want to be sure there is no infection ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Bailie
30 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: If you have pseudo gout it can cause pain and swelling and an MRI is not needed but you can also have a meniscus tear- may need arthroscopic surgery b ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gustavo Carbone
18 years experience Rheumatology
Unlikely to be RA: RA ( rheumatoid arthritis) it is a chronic inflammatory destructive polyarthritis that affects mostly the smaller joints of hands and feet. Usually do ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lynn Pittman
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Improve function: It sounds like lymphatic and/or venous drainage may be impaired to that leg. I would seek the advice of two specialties; namely a highly recommended o ... Read More
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