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my knee is swollen after hiking

A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rowlin Lichter
71 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Knee swelling: This is abnormal and means something is wrong with the joint. See a doctor for a workup.

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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Rest, ice, compress: RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, and elevation (at least level/flat-- on couch). This is the first line of self treatment for a swollen knee. If swellin ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Russinoff
20 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Water on knee: Sounds like you have fluid in your knee. It can be from an infection, injury, or arthritis. It should be evaluated asap by your doctor, an orthopedi ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Knee Pain: This could be a sign of arthritis (arthritis is the degeneration of joint cartilage), tendonitis or meniscus pathology. The meniscus is the “shock abs ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Exam: you may have pre-patella tendinitis or fluid around the knee. You will need an exam and x-ray.If not allergic I suggest using 2 Advil ( ibuprofen-200m ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Evelyn Anderson
27 years experience Family Medicine
Modify your exercise: Ah...The 50's. Have you tried r.I.C.E. Therapy. Rest. Which is to take it easy for a while. Apply ice every 15 minutes for the first few hours. Compr ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kenneth Smith
31 years experience Internal Medicine
Post operative: Post operative swelling not uncommon. You really need to direct to surgeon who did surgery.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Tomasello
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
See below: Do you have arthritis of the knee . Always are concerns of DVT . Symptoms require emergent evaluation . Pleas discuss with your physician asap.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Timothy Beck
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Baker's cyst ?: You may have had a baker's cyst rupture behind your knee. Your leg needs to be examined to make sure you do not have a clot or an infection.
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Elise Sadoun
13 years experience Family Medicine
Ankle pain: It is not normal to continue to have ankle pain, difficulty walking, and redness around the surgical site 20 months after the surgery. You should visi ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Janet Kail
27 years experience Podiatry
Get x-ray: It is difficult to say without examining you. If bump is painful you should definitely see your doctor....This could be your family doctor, an orthop ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
I would make: Sure you do not have a clot in your calf, if there is swelling in the leg. This should be reported to your md immediately.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Warren Strudwick
29 years experience Sports Medicine
Swimming is great: Swimming is a great exercise for returning strength, balance, and flexibility to an injured knee. It will not however cure or heal your torn meniscus. ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Sundhar
14 years experience Rheumatology
Get an x-ray/MRI/US: Was your knee x-ray'd? Is this the first time it happened?
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Gujer
25 years experience Anesthesiology
Yes.: Go back to your surgeon to have it examined. It may not be, but the risk of waiting is not worth it.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Buchin
19 years experience Bariatrics
DVT: Your foot is probably swollen from the trauma of knee surgery, but it can be swollen from a blood clot in your leg, which can be extremely dangerous. ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mitchell Cohn
34 years experience Pain Management
A few thoughts: Swollen ankle could be due to surg., infection, lymphatic stasis, etc.If tiny blisters-could be Zoster.Poss. poor circulation or nerve injury due to k ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Waskowitz
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Possible: Landing from a height puts excess stress through the knee. It could be as straight forward as a knee sprain or contusion but could also include ligame ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Henry Tseng
25 years experience Podiatry
Edema : With a broken fibula you were most likely in a non-weight bearing cast for 6 weeks. The swelling in your ankle is the pooled blood and lymph from the ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Contusion: This sounds like a contusion/bruise. If just a bruise, you should recover within 1-2 weeks. Rest, ice and ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce sympto ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Lowe
16 years experience Pediatric Rheumatology
Most likely injury: If your knee swelling started right after a lot of physical activity, it's very likely that you sustained a minor injury that is causing your knee to ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Need exam!: A steroid injection in your knee may not help the underlying problem which is causing your knee to swell.A torn cartilage, early arthritic changes, lo ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Of course it hurts: No purple color? No swelling? Cracking sensation? Able to walk with barely a limp? If in doubt, your dr will arrange some pictures. Maybe a mild sprai ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Inwood
34 years experience Podiatry
Ankle: If there is a sprain present , it would take longer than 2 days to heal or even feel well . I am also assuming no x rays were taken . It is a really ... Read More
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