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What is the difference between a swollen knee and arthritis?

What is the difference between a swollen knee and arthritis?

Swelling from Arthr.: Arthritis often causes varying degrees of swelling within the knee joint. Recurrent swelling is one of the early signs that leads your physician to suspect a diagnosis of arthritis. Not all swollen knees have arthritis, but most knees with arthritis have periods of obvious swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


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What is the difference between gout and arthritis?

What is the difference between gout and arthritis?

One kind: Gout is one of four kinds of arthritis. It is inflammation in a joint caused by crystals. Other kinds of arthritis include degenerative (osteoarthritis), inflammatory (like rheumatoid), and infections (eg, lyme). ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained ankle and tendonitis?

What is the difference between a sprained ankle and tendonitis?

Ligament vs. tendon: Sprains are injuries to ligaments (tissues holding bones to other bones). These are injuries of the joint capsule. Tendonitis is a disorder of tendons (tissues that connect muscles to bone). ...Read more

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What is the difference between arthritus and tendonitus?

What is the difference between arthritus and tendonitus?

Joints vs muscles: Arthritis is a general term for impairment of a joint such as a knee, which can be inflammatory (rheumatoid arthritis) or degenerative (osteoarthritis). Tendinitis (also called tendinosis) is a problem affecting a tendon or tendons, which attach muscle to bone. The difference is not just anatomy but also the causes can be very different. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

What is the difference between a bruised knee cap and fractured one?

Knee cap: A bruised kneecap is generally less damaged than one that is fractured. Remember, there is a continuum of energy that can go across the patella, from small to large, thus the spectrum of possible injury. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

Ligaments vs Bone: A twisted, or sprained ankle is an injury to one or more of the ligaments that connect the bones of the lower leg and foot. A broken ankle is a fracture of one or more of the bones of the lower leg. One can usually recover from a sprain within a few weeks, while a fracture usually takes about 8-12 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

See below: A strained tendon is just that, it has been stretched passed its normal length. Atorn tendon is an actual tear in the body of the tendon. Symptoms are similiar, swelling pain, instabitlity. Treatments are similar with rest and immobilization and possible surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an arthritic flare-up and gout?

What is the difference between an arthritic flare-up and gout?

Inflammation: "itis" of any kind is a general term for inflammation. Arthritis stands classically for inflammation in a joint. Inflammation can be caused by multiple causes including gout. Gout inflammation is acute and can be recognized by it's severity, the joint it involves etc. It is best to see your doctor as soon as possible if you are concerned about this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

What is the main difference between a toe fracture and a sprain?

Bone vs soft tissue: A toe fracture means one of the bones are broken, a sprain is a tear or strain of the soft tissues such as tendons or ligaments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Rheumatoid arthritis and SLE?

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What is the difference between Rheumatoid arthritis and SLE?

RA vs lupus: They are both autoimmune diseases and they share many common symptoms. Lupus usually presents with a rash and effects one organ at the time, while RA presents with bilateral joint pain. To establish a diagnosis of RA, patient's history evaluation, examination, labs and radiographic imaging findings are used. ...Read more

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What is the difference between tendonitis or osteoarthritis of the elbow?

What is the difference between tendonitis or osteoarthritis of the elbow?

Elbow pain: Tendinitis is pain which arises from tendons, while arthritis pain arises from the joint surfaces. Usually in arthritis, there is some measurable loss of range of motion. X-rays are helpful at differentiating the two. ...Read more

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What is the difference between RA and osteoarthritis?

What is the difference between RA and osteoarthritis?

Very different.: Ra is a destructive, inflammatory, immunological process affecting joints and other body organs. Oa is an insidious, degenerative joint process with less inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

What is the big difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis?

Wear&tear v inflamma: Think of osteoarthritis (OA) as result of wear & tear that comes w/aging & repetitive injury. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoarthritis/basics/definition/con-20014749 for more info. Compare that to rheumatoid arthritis which is much less common inflammatory disorder. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis/basics/definition/con-20014868 ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Terminology: Great question. Sprains come in various degrees, some, by definition, include a torn ligament. Most sprains are inversion or lateral ankle sprains and the three ligaments here become injured in a particular sequence as the severity of the force on the ankles continues. A simple sprain, or 1st degree sprain, for instance, does not result in a torn ligament. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fracture and a sprain?

Bone vs soft tissue: A fracture is a break in a bone. A sprain, like an ankle sprain, is damage to the ligaments of a joint. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained ankle and a twisted ankle?

What is the difference between a sprained ankle and a twisted ankle?

To me the same: The result of both are the same. Twisted ankle use as layman term while sprain use as medical term. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fibroma and osteochondroma?Location is below the knee and looks a lump inside the leg and is painless.What can it be?

What is the difference between a fibroma and osteochondroma?Location is below the knee and looks a lump inside the leg and is painless.What can it be?

Bone vs. soft tissue: Lesion if palpable most likely soft tissue in origin and can be defined on MRI. Osteochondroma is an osseous lesion where fibroma usually soft tissue and can arise from any fibrous tissue site in lower leg such as tendon or fibrous tissue between muscle planes. Bx makes the required dx for treatment ...Read more

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What is the difference between a swollen knee and arthritis?

Swelling from Arthr.: Arthritis often causes varying degrees of swelling within the knee joint. Recurrent swelling is one of the early signs that leads your physician to suspect a diagnosis of arthritis. Not all swollen knees have arthritis, but most knees with arthritis have periods of obvious swelling. ...Read more

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What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

See details: You should see a rheumatologist or orthopedist and get it diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Swollen knee, arthritis, knee won't respond, what causes the knee to not respond?

Swollen knee, arthritis, knee won't respond, what causes the knee to not respond?

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments and exercise therapies available. Consider Stem Cell therapy, Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

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Woke up with swollen knee. Is this part of my arthritis? Should i be worried? Never happened before.

Woke up with swollen knee. Is this part of my arthritis? Should i be worried? Never happened before.

See your doctor: You could have a host of issues that could cause your knee pain, could be bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, ligament issues, meniscal injury, sciatica etc. So you may want to see an orthopedic pain specialist that can tell you what is going and help you with the latest treatments or exercise therapies available. ...Read more

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I have knee swelling and knee pain it has been 2 years now. my kneecap dislocated and it keeps shifting. i now habe arthritis. wjat can i do?

I have knee swelling and knee pain it has been 2 years now. my kneecap dislocated and it keeps shifting. i now habe arthritis. wjat can i do?

Chondromalacia Patel: You may have arthritis under your kneecap sometimes called chondromalacia patella. Your best strategyy is to develop a strong knee exercise program with guidance by your physician and physicial therapy ...Read more

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Can you tell me how swollen knee how long should I rest for I'm athletic?

Can you tell me how swollen knee how long should I rest for I'm athletic?

See details: It depends on the cause of the swelling. Have the knee evaluated, preferably by an orthopedist. ...Read more

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I recently started experiencing a swollen knee and both feet as well.  can you tell me what could cause this?

I recently started experiencing a swollen knee and both feet as well.  can you tell me what could cause this?

Swollen knee & legs: Swelling in both feet is concerning and may be related to several different causes inlcuding positional changes, activity, heart function and kidney health to name a few. ...Read more

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I have a swollen knee what do I do? just started playing frisbee again after 5months. played 2 straight days from 6-8pm. then my knee swell a little

I have a swollen knee what do I do? just started playing frisbee again after 5months. played 2 straight days from 6-8pm. then my knee swell a little

Most likely injury: If your knee swelling started right after a lot of physical activity, it's very likely that you sustained a minor injury that is causing your knee to swell even if you don't recall it happening. Put ice on it, take NSAIDS (Motrin or naproxen) and if it doesn't start improving after a few days, be sure to see your regular doctor for further evaluation. You may need to see an orthopedic doc. ...Read more

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A week ago I woke to a swollen knee couldn't straighten at all. Very painfull I can straighten my leg a bit bette still painfull & pain down to ankle?

A week ago I woke to a swollen knee couldn't straighten at all. Very painfull I can straighten my leg a bit bette still painfull & pain down to ankle?

Swollen knee: a swollen knee without trauma in a 22 year old female is usually activity related. If you don't remember an injury the three causes for swelling in most cases are 1) irritation around the knee cap 2.) a torn lateral meniscus. 3.) a rheumatologic disorder. A virtual consult would be a helpful next step if it doesn't get better with rest/ice/ Motrin within a couple days. ...Read more

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What is the corrective action for a partial meniscus tear and swollen knee?

What is the corrective action for a partial meniscus tear and swollen knee?

Conservative: Usually one would use a conservative approach with anti inflammatory medication and physical therapy especially if the symptoms were gradual in onset if the symptoms were very acute in onset and readily associated with an a, cute trauma then more immediate arthroscopic surgery might be considered. ...Read more

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What could cause a swollen knee with bruising down to the ankle?

What could cause a swollen knee with bruising down to the ankle?

Swelling to ankle: Can be definitive for a clotting disorder such as taking Aspirin or anticoagulant drugs such as Plavix or coumadin (warfarin). Trauma or injury could also play a role. Seek medical attention especially if you have other medical problems or take medications such as steroids for something else that could make this problem worse. ...Read more

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How much time until my swollen knee goes away?

How much time until my swollen knee goes away?

It depends: It depends on the cause of the swelling. Have the knee evaluated by a rheumatologist or an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Whats the fastest way to get swollen knee down so i can work?

Whats the fastest way to get swollen knee down so i can work?

See your doctor: You need to determine what is causing the knee in order for it get better. Your doctor may try to drain some fluid off the knee and perform other tests. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a swollen knee how can I make it better?

What to do if I have a swollen knee how can I make it better?

See your doctor: You doctor will need to perform an evaluation to determine what is causing it and may have to drain fluid from it. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Dr. Jaiprakash thakor Jairam
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Knee Swelling (Definition)

Knee swelling can be clasified as intraarticular(inside the knee joint)has possible multiple condtions(artritis, torn meniscus, infection etc)the swelilng can be outside the knee (extraarticular)such as inflation ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A severe illness caused by bacteria named bacillus anthracis. Anthrax disease can result in pneumonia, ...Read more