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How Badly Swollen Does My Knee Need To Be For It To Be Drained
When it bother you: Swollen knee (effusion, or water in the knee) you do not feel it usually, when start to feel it and notice it that abnormal, should check it out and take of it. ...Read more
How much pain r u in: Most swollen joints do not "have" to be drained--it is done to improve mobility and to reduce the large amounts of pain that tend to accompany them. If no pain or other issue, gradual compression could address it. So, depends on pain tolerance and speed of accumulation. Then it's just a needle & you feel so much better! be sure to wrap it after so it doesn't reaccumulate! ...Read more
Arthrocentesis: There is rarely blood involved in a swollen knee. An arthrocetesis or drawing off fluid from the joint capsule is not really based on amount of swelling, but more the amount of pain or lack of motion in the knee. Or the need to have some of the fluid for diagnostic purposes. A bloody effusion (fluid) in the knee would mean a more serious injury. Practically, at least 10-25 cc would be needed. ...Read more
Knee swollen and i had an xray done on left knee and shows fluid and dr said no need to drain. I teach zumba once a week. Can i still teach zumba?
When they say an injured athlete had fluid drained from a swollen joint such as the knee, what is this fluid?
Synovial fluid: Usually this is synovial fluid. Synovial fluid's job is to lubricate and protect the joint. In the presence of injury, inflammation or infection, the synovial lining (part of the joint capsule), overcompensates by producing an excess amount of synovial fluid. Too much fluid can cause pain and tightness in the joint and restrict range of motion. With an acute injury, blood may also fill the joint. ...Read more
If you have lupus and RA , would you need to have to knee drained? Swollen as well & back of knee too. Very painful & hard to walk at times?
Drain+shot of knee cause a cartilage tear? Md suggests MRI since knee is still painful/swollen at 3 weeks. Pa did drain/shot. I have to pay for MRI.
My knee was swollen for yrs. rheumy drained/steroid shot it. Lasted 8 months. Went to sleep & woke up swollen again. Neg bloods but is it RA or simila?
Unlikely to be RA: RA ( rheumatoid arthritis) it is a chronic inflammatory destructive polyarthritis that affects mostly the smaller joints of hands and feet. Usually does not have periods of resolution or remission without proper treatment ( DMARDs and others that are taking every day). Monoarthritis like one knee usually can be due to Lyme or crystalline diseases like gout or pseudogout. ...Read more
I have swollen knee and baker's cyst. Did MRI and everything is ok. Had it drained, took anti inflammatory mednothing helps. Now my ankle is swollen!
Improve function: It sounds like lymphatic and/or venous drainage may be impaired to that leg. I would seek the advice of two specialties; namely a highly recommended orthopedist to possibly repeat the MRI, not just of the knee, but possibly the lumbar spine, and another highly recommended chiropractor or osteopath that does manipulation, to assist with improving circulation to the affected limb. ...Read more
Arthrofibrosis rt knee; loa on 2/3. Extension to -6 & flexion to 119 in 6 weeks. Swelling down .01cm. Pt 3x wk & swell bad. What next? Drain? Pred?
I previously broke my knee 14 yrs ago. I am now feeling sharp pains up and down my shin, and my knee is bruised badly and swollen. What do I do?
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?
My hands knees and feet mostly my toes and ankles hurt badly they all feel swollen especially my hands n knees they all stay red/blue/purplish they lo?
Be seen : There are multiple potential causes. A good check up with a medical doctor would probably be a good place to start. ...Read more
My 3 year old son has fluid in his knees n was wonderin what the procedure is fore it to be drained ?
Find the cause: A 3 year old child with fluid in his knees should be evaluated by a pediatric specialist. The cause of this build up of fluid in his knees needs to be determined. If the doctor thinks there is an infection, sometimes some fluid is drawn out to see if it is infection or something else. ...Read more
Solve the problem: Simple knee drainage, even with cortisone injection should be pretty nominal ($200) be careful of your expectations as that may not solve the reason or problem that caused your knee to swell and get an effusion. A good history (trauma or gradual onset of swelling, did it swell immediately, previous episodes, other joints swelling, giving way or catching sensation) and exam and x-ray are needed. ...Read more
RICE: You should start with rice as a home treatment. After 48-72 hours you may switch to heat (instead of ice). As your pain starts to subside you may add stretching as tolerated, and massage. Once pain is gone, then gently return to activity as your strength and flexibility may need time to recovery after the injury. If these symptoms worsen or persist see your orthopedic physician. ...Read more
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 available. ...Read more
Several: 2 most common indications are diagnostic and therapeutic. There are many causes for a knee effusion. Your provider may want to establish a diagnosis to guide treatment recommendations. For example, if you have gouty arthritis, that treatment may differ than that for osteoarthritis. In addition, aspirating a large volume of fluid can make your knee feel better. ...Read more
Needle and syringe: A needle can be inserted under sterile conditions into the knee and excess fluid can then be aspirated with a syringe. The area of insertion is usually numbed up with a local anesthetic agent. The knee can hold a fair amount of fluid in the form of normal joint fluid or blood, depending on the cause of the excess fluid. ...Read more
See below: If it is an acute injury, use ice. Otherwise, whatever makes you feel good will work. ...Read more
A few things: Excess dietary sodium can cause fluid retention, which can explain swelling in the foot, ankles and legs. It can also be due to other medical issues as well, such as hypertension, diabetes, vein problems or other circulatory issues, arthritis and certain medication use. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
See a doctor: see a doctor you need medical attention ...Read more
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