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An injury caused a large joint effusion w/ elevation of the anterior & posterior fat pads on elbow. Will the fat pads heal and return to its place?

An injury caused a large joint effusion w/ elevation of the anterior & posterior fat pads on elbow.  Will the fat pads heal and return to its place?

Kind of: The fat pads are normal structures and so they don't really heal. In a x-ray of a normal elbow, they are usually not seen as they are within the joint. When the elbow joint has extra fluid in it, they float out of the joint and are visible. So when you see fat pads on an x-ray, that is a sign of a significant elbow injury even if a fracture is not seen, as in an occult radial head fracture. ...Read more

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My fiance has been diagnosed with moderate-sized suprapatellar joint effusion for over 4 months now and it won't go away, what could be the cause?

My fiance has been diagnosed with moderate-sized suprapatellar joint effusion for over 4 months now and it won't go away, what could be the cause?

Injury vs over use: I'm assuming he is under a dr's care given the diagnosis. 4 months is protracted, if he is following his doc's care plan and not improving , a second option is indicated. ...Read more

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What causes a knee joint to lock up? Is a displacement ot the mensicus root considered a tear? What is medium size joint effusion mean?

What causes a knee joint to lock up? Is a displacement ot the  mensicus root considered a tear? What is medium size joint effusion mean?

A meniscus tear: The most common cause of a locked knee is a large meniscus tear. When this happens, a portion of the meniscus gets stuck in a bad spot. This doesn't allow the knee to move freely, causing it to lock. Displacement of the meniscus root is a certain kind of tear. Sometimes, it can be repaired which can be hard. See an experienced surgeon. An effusion is fluid in the knee, likely from the tear. ...Read more

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28yr f, knee pain, MRI says joint effusion & chondromalacia. I swim for exercise. 0 injuries. What could cause this? Treatment possibilities? Thanks

28yr f, knee pain, MRI says joint effusion & chondromalacia. I swim for exercise. 0 injuries. What could cause this? Treatment possibilities? Thanks

? Of mid-20's female: ? of chronic knee pain with effusion. In a young female the observations which should be made are whether she has Hypermobility Syndrome (Brighton Criteria) & genu varum/valgus. Absent acute injury, repetitive gravitational stress can evoke non-linear patellar mobility & patellofemoral wear & tear. See an Osteopath & Podiatrist. Reconfigured shoes might help realign the longitudinal axis of leg. ...Read more

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What is minimal joint effusion?

What is minimal joint effusion?

Fluid: Effusion means fluid that escapes... So in your case, minimal joint effusion is just that, a small amount of fluid has entered the joint and made it minimally swollen. ...Read more

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Why wont my joint effusion go away?

See details: Joint swelling usually does not spontaneously resolve. It needs to be evaluate to determine the cause and treated appropriately. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What does it mean by mild joint effusion with synovitis?

What does it mean by mild joint effusion with synovitis?

Inflammation : It suggests some inflammation in the joint. Can be from sprain or trauma or other conditions like rheumatoid. Please follow up with your doctors. Best wishes ...Read more

Effusion (Definition)

Increased joint fluid or ...Read more