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How badly swollen does my knee need to be for it to be drained?

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

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How soon do you need to drain a swollen knee?

How soon do you need to drain a swollen knee?

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

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How swollen does knee have to be to drain blood?

How swollen does knee have to be to drain blood?

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

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What injury can result in having fluid drained from a swollen joint such as a knee?

What injury can result in having fluid drained from a swollen joint such as a knee?

Arthritis.: Arthritis or an acute injury to the ACL, or other structures of the knee, can cause a fluid buildup that may need to be drained. ...Read more

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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?

Yes: Fluid in the knee can be due to different causes most of which have treatment to control the symptoms. Hope depending on the analysis of synovial fluid your doctor will decide on the best treatment to enable you to do zumba. ...Read more

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When they say an injured athlete had fluid drained from a swollen joint such as the knee, what is this fluid?

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

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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?

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

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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!

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

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