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What to do if you have fluid in your knee

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Berg
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Effusion: Unclear. Fluid on the knee (effusion) can come from a number of causes and some times it will go away without treatment other times it won't. The mos... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Sacher
Pain Management 33 years experience
Joint efussion: You have a joint efussion. There are many reasons for a joint efussion. First the joint fliud has to be drained and sent out for lab diagnosis. It can... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Not too bad: Typically a local anesthetic is used. Most people tolerate it quite well.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Minimal: Anesthesia may be use... You should experience only minimal discomfort.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Dang
Radiology 14 years experience
Usually clear fluid.: Most joint fluid is clear unless you had recent trauma (bloody fluid) or infection or gout (yellowish). Scar tissue or synovitis can develop from prio... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
See answer: Start with rice-rest/ice/compression/elevation, and if the fluid/swelling does not resolve, than you need to see a dr. For an evaluation and possible ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Sah
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 14 years experience
Knee aspiration?: If you mean a knee aspiration (taking fluid out of the joint), that would be a needle and a syringe to sample fluid in the knee. It can test for thin... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marius Frasie
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
HURT: Most of the time will hurt and it will be swollen, feels tight too.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Synovial fluid: Usually an over acumulation of joint fluid.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Knee fluid: Fluid in the knee is abnormal and indicates an inflammatory process which could be from prepatella bursitis, inflammation of the joint lining as in ar... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Not necessarily: Sometimes it will resolve on its own. If there is an internal injury to the knee, fluid may continue to form. Have it checked out.

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