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A 23-year-old female asked:

last night i fell extremely hard on my knee today it hurts a 9/10 and is badly bruised and swollen.. it is even starting to become numb and tinglewhy?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Swelling: It is normal for the injured area to swell during the first 2 days after an injury, and the swelling can make your knee feel numb. Ice packs, rest and elevation during the first 2-3 days after injury are the best treatments.

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