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what should we do about the swelling in my girlfriends knee?

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
See a doctor: Need more info to give more detailed advice. I would recommend seeing a doctor for evaluation and a diagnosis.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How could you make your knee stop swelling up randomly?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
A more important ?: The more important question is why is it swelling randomly. Get the diagnosis right and the treatment usually becomes clear.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Should I use heat or ice for swelling in my knee?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Ice: Swelling inflammation cool vasoconstriction swelling goes down heat usually makes it worse.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

What can cause a swelling in the knee in different times that come and goes ?

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Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 17 years experience
Several possible: Intermitent swelling in a joint can be due to an injury or arthritis. If it happens in the morning and gets better with activity, it could be arthritis. If it happens at the end of a day or with more activity it could be an injury that is being aggravated. Infections are unlikely to cause intermittent swelling. Sometimes there is swelling around a joint that is not actually in the joint (edema).
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are potential causes of swelling behind the knee?

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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 29 years experience
Baker's cyst: Localized swelling behind the knee is typically a baker's cyst or popliteal cyst. These cysts can arise if there is fluid within the knee joint. To treat the baker's cyst, you need to identify the cause of the fluid in the knee first. An unusual cause of swelling behind the knee is a popliteal aneurysm - a potentially worrisome problem. Consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to start.
A 33-year-old member asked:

I want to know how long it will take for the swelling to go down after injuring my knee?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Help healing: A sprain is when a ligament or tendon is injured by overstretching. There may be minimal or quite a bit of damage to it. Inflammation (redness, warmth, tenderness, and swelling) occurs as a natural healing process. The key is to minimize further damage while keeping the area flexible and mobile. Ice massage (24-36 hours), compression and elevation are the keys to maximize healing.

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