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I'm permanently swollen and have a painful knee joint, what could this be?

I'm permanently swollen and have a painful knee joint, what could this be?

Arthritis: It could be a number of different things, including arthritis, infection, or an injury. You should get evaluated to get a proper diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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I recently developed a swollen, painful, stiff left knee, but have no history of trauma to the joint. Any ideas for the cause?

I recently developed a swollen, painful, stiff left knee, but have no history of trauma to the joint. Any ideas for the cause?

Time 4 medical eval.: There are several possible causes of atraumatic knee swelling and pain. Inflammatory arthritis, degenerative arthritis, gout, and infection are a few of the possibilities. A visit to your physician should be able to give you an answer. ...Read more

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What is treatment for knee joint stiffness and pain?

What is treatment for knee joint stiffness and pain?

Lots of things!: The most common reason for knee stiffness and pain is arthritis. Treatment can be nsaids/tylenol, physical therapy, ice, non impact aerobic exercise, injections, braces, arthroscopy (if mechanical symptoms are present), and finally knee replacement. An orthopaedic surgeon can help diagnose your reason for knee stiffness and pain. ...Read more

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I have a positive rheumatoid factor of 69 with no inflamation but I have nodules on my fingers and a swollen knee joint, what could this be?

I have a positive rheumatoid factor of 69 with no inflamation but I have nodules on my fingers and a swollen knee joint, what could this be?

Arthritis: There are many causes of arthritis. It sounds like you have had some medical care for this before. I would recommend seeing your physician or rheumatologist for more information. ...Read more

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23 y/o w/ chronic swelling of the knee & stiffness after marathon training. Clean MRI and blood work except 1:320 ANA titer. No suspected ra. Ideas?

23 y/o w/ chronic swelling of the knee & stiffness after marathon training. Clean MRI and blood work except 1:320 ANA titer. No suspected ra. Ideas?

Joint fluid analysis: Although it's possible that this is related to your marathon training you need to have a joint fluid analysis to see if it's inflammatory or not inflammatory, if it's infection or not infection and to see if there are crystals or no crystals. You need a evaluation to make certain what is going on inside the joint. An MRI is not sufficient. ...Read more

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Feeling exhausted, weak, knee stiffness, heaviness, tingling right leg & arm Aches in joints. Thyroid & iron test ok. Who can I ask to refer me to?

Feeling exhausted, weak,  knee stiffness, heaviness, tingling right leg & arm 
Aches in joints. Thyroid & iron test ok. Who can I ask to refer me to?

See your GP: I am glad you have seen your general practitioner regarding these symptoms- routine blood tests are usually a good place to start. Ask your doctor about the utility of checking for more obscure diagnoses such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. ...Read more

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Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking , grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Does displacement meniscus cause painful clicking , grinding and clicking of the knee joint mostly medial? Can a tear happen in the back of the knee?

Yes: Yes to all of the above. Grinding sounds unusual though. If the noise comes from kneecap then it is the kneecap and not menisucs. However it sure sounds like it based on what you describe. Exam is very unreliable though and MRI is usually necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Knee Stiffness (Definition)

Knee stiffness is a clinical finding in which there is stiffness or decreased range of motion at the knee. This can occur with injury, arthritis, infection, ...Read more