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my knee was injured skiing yesterday. x-ray showed fluid. too swollen for mri. i have brace &crutches. the swelling is worse today. normal w/sprain?

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Dr. Gabriel Betancourt
10 years experience Family Medicine
Yes.: A sprain can cause a lot of swelling, but the full extent of the damage done won't become apparent until after you get an MRI done. It's possible you could have torn your meniscus and/or your ligaments in your knee. Continue to ice your knee and keep it elevated until the swelling subsides enough for you to get the mri.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
34 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: Sprain is the damage to soft tissues and ligaments from trauma. Skiing accidents are usually high speed and serious. Follow the first physicians instructions for follow-up with a musculoskeletal specialist. Do not try to walk long distances with the crutches - they are hard on your shoulders and arms. Anti inflamatory medications may ease the swelling, but interfere with normal healing.
Answered on Feb 20, 2016
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Many possibilities: The knee is an important weight bearing joint with a complex inner and outer structure. Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, and metabolic conditions.
Answered on Mar 24, 2014

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