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Doctor insights on: Does Water On The Knee Go Away By Itself

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Can water on the knee go away on its own?

Can water on the knee go away on its own?

Yes: If your knee has been irritated or injured then after using advil/alleve, resting, icing the 'water' in the knee may self absorb. If there is a persisitent reason for the knee to remain irritated then it will continue to make 'water'. Go see an orthopedist.

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What causes "water on the knee"? How long can it take to go away? Why do doctors not want to drain the knee?

What causes "water on the knee"? How long can it take to go away? Why do doctors not want to drain the knee?

Inflammation: This is called a knee effusion and is the result of joint inflammation or damage. As a rheumatologist I strongly favor joint aspiration as it is often very valuable in establishing the cause. Also, a cortisone injection done at the same time can help quite a bit with improvement of the swelling and pain.

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Hey I got hit in the knee. 2hours later it swelled up. Was wondering if the swelling was water and how long might it take to go away. No pain in it?

Hey I got hit in the knee. 2hours later it swelled up. Was wondering if the swelling was water and how long might it take to go away. No pain in it?

Knee swelling: Hi SSantiago, no pain is very reassuring. Other things to check is whether you can bear weight and whether you can flex (bend) the knee more than 30& 60 degrees. If yes, then this is likely swelling from a minor contusion. If no, go see your doctor. Ice and elevation can help with the swelling. Watch out for worsening swelling, pain, and heat coming from the knee.

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Have water ariud my ankle and knees. The pains hurts real bad. And I to the doctor and give me water pill. But pain won't go away. So what can I do aI?

Have water ariud my ankle and knees. The pains hurts real bad. And I to the doctor and give me water pill. But pain won't go away. So what can I do aI?

Reconsider issue: Swelling of the ankles and knees can be due to fluid retention, but it could also be due to joint inflammation/ arthritis. Physical examination and labs can help pinpoint the issues. Avoid salty food, drink adequate fluids, remember that medications (including ibuprofen, amlodipin) can add to the issues. Elevate feet. Wear compression socks/ stockings. Follow up with your MD if problems continues.

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Doc says to avoid draining knee effusion due to all my surgeries/osteoarthritis, but effusion won't go away (i've tried everything). Shld it b avoided?

Doc says to avoid draining knee effusion due to all my surgeries/osteoarthritis, but effusion won't go away (i've tried everything). Shld it b avoided?

See a rheumatologist: You are 23 years old and while it is possible that the continued inflammation is due to osteoarthritis, it is also very possible that there is another cause. This is an issue in which a rheumatologist can be very helpful.

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I have water on the knee what do you suggest?

I have water on the knee what do you suggest?

Knee effusion: Small effusion can absorb by itself, anti inflammatories can also be tried. Sometimes effusions can be drained too. Examination would guide which is the best thing to do. Please consult with your doctor.

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Need expert help here. What are symptoms of "water on the knee"?

Need expert help here. What are symptoms of "water on the knee"?

Sign of inflammation: 'water' or fluid in your knee usually indicate your knee is 'unhappy' about your activity level. This can often be from arthritis or a meniscus tear. These injuries, either chronic or acute, can create inflammation with activity which in turn, causes the knee to swell. An x-ray or MRI would help give you more information as to the specific causes.

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Is water on the knee a sign of cancer?

Water on the knee: Not likely from cancer. A joint effusion generally comes from injury, synovitis, arthritis, meniscal or ligament tear.

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So I've had water on the knee for a while. Now it hurts when straightening my leg. What should I do?

So I've had water on the knee for a while. Now it hurts when straightening my leg. What should I do?

Time to see your doc: Packer fan, you need to see the discount double check doc......He/she needs to examine that knee and run tests to evaluate the next step, whether it is physical therapy or referral to ortho. Best of luck.

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How do you get rid of water on the knee?

How do you get rid of water on the knee?

Treat the cause: First see a doctor for evaluation and a diagnosis as to why the fluid is forming. The underlying cause must be treated for the fluid accumulation to resolve.

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Should I visit a doctor or a physio for probable water-on-the-knee?

Should I visit a doctor or a physio for probable water-on-the-knee?

Effusion: Water on the knee is known as an effusion. You should see your doctor first to determine the cause. Pt (physio) may be a good option depending on the cause.

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How can I get rid of water on the knee naturally?

How can I get rid of water on the knee naturally?

Joint effusion: It sounds like you are talking about a an "effusion" or build up of inflammatory cells and fluid around your knee. The treatment of "water" on your knee varies with the cause. If arthritis is the cause, Acetaminophen or a NSAID may help. Sometimes, your doctor can use a needle to drain this fluid. Rarely, the fluid is secondary to an infection and requires antibiotics. See your doctor.

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How long can you have swelling and/or water on the knee after surgery?

How long can you have swelling and/or water on the knee after surgery?

Varies: Most surgery swelling resolves by 6 weeks. But if you have arthritis, you can swell off and on forever. Your knee is lubricating itself more from increased friction.

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I fell off my bicycle and hit my knee, I have a large bump, I think it is water on the knee, what should I do?

I fell off my bicycle and hit my knee, I have a large bump, I think it is water on the knee, what should I do?

Ice: Ice and compression if you are unable to weight bear a trip to the emergency room or a visit to your family doctor nay be in order

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Was wondering if water on the knee could prevent walking. Also how long does it take for swelling on the knee to leave. Got hit in the knee. No pain?

Was wondering if water on the knee could prevent walking. Also how long does it take for swelling on the knee to leave. Got hit in the knee. No pain?

Yes: Soft tissue damage from this blunt trauma. Causes a lot of pressure and pain. Will take a while to reabsorb the fluid. Try elevating and pressure nut will take some time. See doctor if pain persists

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My dad has got water on the knee and a cyst and is in intense pain, he has morphine to take and Celebrex, (celecoxib) he's scared to take them but should he take?

My dad has got water on the knee and a cyst and is in intense pain, he has morphine to take and Celebrex, (celecoxib) he's scared to take them but should he take?

Evaluation: Simply having "water on the knee" is not always painful. He may have torn or worn cartilage, an infection, a condition called gout, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Seeing a rheumatologist or an orthopedic surgeon would be the best place to start. Some orthopedic offices have urgent same day or next day appointments.

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