A 28-year-old female asked:
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hurt my knee monday. keeps popping and swelling and very painful. i want to see if rest will make it better, but at what point do i need to see a dr?

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Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
"very painful" = Dr: If you truly are having a lot of pain, then it suggests more serious injury and should be seen soon. See your dr / urgent care / orthopedist for examination and likely x-ray or other imaging to identify problem and begin proper treatment with less delay. Meantime, "rice" (rest-ice-compression-elevation) may help reduce swelling and discomfort.
Answered on Dec 21, 2013
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Trauma???: Hard to answer without knowing how you hurt your knee. If you fell or sustained a traumatic event such as a twisting injury, it would be important to be seen soon to eval for a fracture or ligament injury. Without trauma, you have more time to see if it gets better with ice, rest and some anti-inflammatory meds.
Answered on Dec 22, 2013

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