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My dr told me I had knee bursitis 6 months ago but after the swelling went down I still feel pain constantly. How can I get rid of the knee pain?

My dr told me I had knee bursitis 6 months ago but after the swelling went down I still feel pain constantly. How can I get rid of the knee pain?

Go back to your doc: The first step in fixing any problem is an accurate diagnosis. If the swelling has gone away but the pain is continueing it is time to go back to your doctor and get rechecked. This could be as simple as requiring more time to heal or you could have an additional problem such as chondromalacia (a roughening of the underside of the kneecap) or a joint/ tendon injury. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I already use a gel and ibuprofen on knee bursitis, no help. No swelling just uncomfortable at times for nearly 2 weeks especially on standing. Why?

I already use a gel and ibuprofen on knee bursitis, no help. No swelling just uncomfortable at times for nearly 2 weeks especially on standing. Why?

Bursitis for sure?: Are we certain that bursitis is the only possible answer? If you have had 2 weeks of continued pain despite attempts to treat (nsaid gel), this is something the prescribinf md needs to know about. ...Read more

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How can you heal chronic knee bursitis?

How can you heal chronic knee bursitis?

Muscles, not bursea: Travell, MD the matriarch of pain therapy noted pain pathology is in muscles not joints. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles not the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." begin a self-care self/pro massage, chiropractor, heat, epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! ...Read more

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I had knee bursitis for about an year. Please tell me how do you heal chronic knee bursitis?

I had knee bursitis for about an year. Please tell me how do you heal chronic knee bursitis?

Might need surgery: First line treatments are relative rest (avoid any offending activities, for example kneeling on the inflamed bursa), ice, compression, and nsaids; if that has failed a corticosteroid injection can be tried; if lengthy nonop tx fails, the bursa can be surgically excised. See a knee specialist for eval and tx. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible for cortisone injections to cause knee bursitis?

Is it possible for cortisone injections to cause knee bursitis?

No: They are actually a good treatment for prepatellar, infrapatellar, and pes bursitis around the knee. ...Read more

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No change in knee bursitis, over 2 weeks. Still no pain. Cant afford to limit my activity anymore. I need this to get better. Help!

No change in knee bursitis, over 2 weeks. Still no pain. Cant afford to limit my activity anymore. I need this to get better. Help!

?: If you have not yet seen a doctor for this it might be the best thing
on the other hand if it is not painful you might consider just watching it and resuming activity as tolerated
good luck. ...Read more

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How long will knee bursitis last if I stay off of it? Its not painful or infected, its already been a little over a week. I really want to go running!

Go slow!: Let pain be your guide. Assuming the current conservative treatment is working, slowly start increasing your activity - perhaps just walking, or jogging a short distance. Stop if you get even a "twinge" of pain. Then see how things feel for the next day or so. If there are no signs of aggravating the injury (swelling or pain returns or worsens), then you can try again for a longer distance. ...Read more

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Do I have knee bursitis? Knee is very swollen, tender near the front, feels warm & very difficult to bend. It hit the edge of a bathtub last summer.

Do I have knee bursitis? Knee is very swollen, tender near the front, feels warm & very difficult to bend. It hit the edge of a bathtub last summer.

It is possible: There 4 types of knee bursitis- suprapatellar, prepatellar, infrapatellar and pes anserine. Bursitis may be due to trauma, infection or inflammation. You may experience pain, swelling, tenderness and feel a lump on top of your knee cap plus may have difficulty bending/kneeling. Given the possibility of infection and need to rule out alternative possibilities, I recommend seeing a physician asap. ...Read more

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How can I treat knee bursitis at home? I think is due to friction in the joint and can at times hurt on moving. Have had 2 weeks now on and off.

How can I treat knee bursitis at home? I think is due to friction in the joint and can at times hurt on moving. Have had 2 weeks now on and off.

Rest: Bursitis is usually on overuse condition. Rest, ice, and use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory (advil, alleve, etc) usually helps. If there is true swelling, it is best to see an orthopaedist. ...Read more

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How long can the swelling caused by bursitis of the knee normally take to go down?

Knee bursitis: This depends on the cause and the severity of the bursitis. If the cause can be haulted then swelling can start to decrease slowly over weeks to months. If the activity causing the bursitis is continued then the swelling may be persistant. ...Read more

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Fell on knee 2 months ago. Bad bruise healed but still painful to kneel. No swelling. Bursitis? Chipped bone? See a doctor? Wait for healing? Treatment?

Fell on knee 2 months ago. Bad bruise healed but still painful to kneel. No swelling. Bursitis? Chipped bone? See a doctor? Wait for healing? Treatment?

Ortho evaluation: Symptoms persisting for two months require expert evaluation with radiographic and perhaps mr exams. History and physical exam by orthopedic doctor necessary to determine problem and course of therapy ...Read more

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I have trochanteric bursitis in my hip. I also have a very tender indented spot 6-8 inches down my leg. No injury/trauma or redness/swelling concern?

I have trochanteric bursitis in my hip. I also have a very tender indented spot 6-8 inches down my leg. No injury/trauma or redness/swelling concern?

Treat bursitis: Treatment for bursitis is very successful. A simple injection often does wonders. See your orthopedist and mention the dent as well. ...Read more

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How do I reduce swelling into my knee?

How do I reduce swelling into my knee?

Determine the cause: The first step is to determine the cause of the swelling. Then appropriate treatment can be initiated. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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How could you make your knee stop swelling up randomly?

A more important?: The more important question is why is it swelling randomly. Get the diagnosis right and the treatment usually becomes clear. ...Read more

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How often should you put ice on your knee for swelling?

How often should you put ice on your knee for swelling?

As often as you like: Should keep in one position for no more than 20 minutes. This can be repeated as often as you like during the day. ...Read more

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What could be causing my random swelling of the knee, at varying time intervals?

What could be causing my random swelling of the knee, at varying time intervals?

Possibly gout.: Gout usually presents with swelling of the great toe, but it can occur in other joints as well, like the knee. It is really painful, and has swelling, and can have fever. This comes at times and can last days to weeks. Many other things can cause knee swelling, and a visit to the doctor for aspiration of the joint is a good first step to rule out things like septic arthritis. ...Read more

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How can I reduce knee swelling?

How can I reduce knee swelling?

Depends: Knee swelling is a symptom of something wrong inside the knee. A cartilage tear, a ligament tear, gout or other inflammatory processes or even just osteoarthritis can be the cause of the swelling. It is important to figure out the source. A physician trained in orthopedics or sports medicine can do this by your history and then doing an exam and sometimes draining the knee or doing some bloodwork. ...Read more

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Best way to treat knee swelling?

Best way to treat knee swelling?

Should be evaluated: Knee swelling is a sign of something wrong. It is not a disease in and of itself. There are many causes and only a trained expert can determine the source. ...Read more

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How can you reduce knee swelling?

How can you reduce knee swelling?

Swollne knee.: Rest and ice are the best ways to reduce knee swelling. ...Read more

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What can I do for pain and swelling in the knee?

What can I do for pain and swelling in the knee?

Ice, rest, NSAIDs: Most swollen, painful joints are due to overuse, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, etc. These can usually be treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines like Motrin or aleve (naproxen). Sometimes drainage and injections can also help. If the joint swells rapidly or is red, hot, or extremely tender, see your doctor as this could be something more serious like an infection or gout. ...Read more

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I have swelling in the back and side of my knee?

I have swelling in the back and side of my knee?

Commonly a cyst: This can be from many things but if you have an internal knee problem like a meniscus tear or wear on your cartilage, you joint can make extra fluid and this can escape out the back of the knee joint and create a space filled with joint fluid called a poplital (or baker's) cyst.
Get evaluated by your doctor first and get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Which medicine is good for knee pain and swelling?

Which medicine is good for knee pain and swelling?

Depends....: There are medications or other modalities which are used in managing swelling around the knee. Medications such as Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) are useful, but you should be aware of the potential side effects of these medications, particularly for extended use. Ice is often your best friend when suffering from swelling around the knee. The best treatment is to treat the cause of the swelling. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: knee swelling?

What is the definition or description of: knee swelling?

Abnormal increase of: Knee swelling can be clasified as intraarticular (inside the knee joint)has possible multiple condtions (artritis, torn meniscus, infection etc)the swelilng can be outside the knee (extraarticular)such as inflation of the bursae)infections etc. ...Read more

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Why do I always have knee pain? Sometimes there's swelling too.

Why do I always have knee pain? Sometimes there's swelling too.

See details: There are numerous causes of knee pain and swelling. See a rheumatologist or orthopedist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My knee is continuously swelling to the point where I can't walk.

My knee is continuously swelling to the point where I can't walk.

Orthopedic surgeon: That knee needs a real time knee specialist to look at the limb, and likely image it - X-ray or MRI or both, to see what is wrong internally ...Read more

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What are some possibilities for knee swelling that goes on for years?

What are some possibilities for knee swelling that goes on for years?

Many: The most common reasons for knee swelling is degenerative changes of the knee, meaning the beginning of arthritis. Other reasons are chronic meniscal tears or instability for previous injuries. ...Read more

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Will I get addicted to nurophen. ..? I tqke them as reqired for pain and swelling on my knee

Will I get addicted to nurophen. ..? I tqke them as reqired for pain and swelling on my knee

Unlikely: Nurophen's main ingredient is ibuprofen, which is also in Motrin and Advil. It is a very common NSAID, which does not have addictive properties. An excessive amount can cause kidney failure. If you use a lot if it, I recommend you get a blood test to check your kidney numbers ...Read more

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Does water on knee cause swelling in calf?

Does water on knee cause swelling in calf?

It may: Swelling in a leg can be commonly seen from knee related problems, with or without injuries and medical causes such as poor circulation, inflammation, and constriction from a brace or cast. However, sometimes you can get a clot in your leg that can cause swelling in the calf. Go to er immediately to rule out a clot as this can be be fatal if left untreated. ...Read more

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What causes swelling on the ankle and knee?

What causes swelling on the ankle and knee?

The etiologies may: Be the same or independent of each other. A thorough orthopedic exam seems like a good idea. The knee could be arthritic, you may have a meniscus tear etc, then due the injury the ankle is bearing more weight and causing the ankle to swell. Or, the ankle can have its own set of problems. ...Read more

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Swelling knee water bursa sac. What are causes?

Swelling knee water bursa sac. What are causes?

Bursa: Usually prepatellar bursitis is caused by direct or shear-type injury to area in front of kneecap. A pes anserine bursitis is ususally caused by activity with tight hamstrings that pull on this insertion site. ...Read more

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How come I have severe knee pain and no swelling?

Often the case: One can have advanced osteoarthritis and no swelling. The pain is due to damage and not to inflammation. Have the knees evaluated and x rays done. ...Read more

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How to reduce knee swelling from running too much?

How to reduce knee swelling from running too much?

Ice & NSAID's, rest: To relieve and reduce swelling/inflammation you could use knee sleeves, therapy, rest, ice and over-the-counter pain & antiinflammatory meds. More importantly the proper diagnosis and the reason for the swelling needs to be established. ...Read more

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Why would I have swelling in both knees and elbow?

Why would I have swelling in both knees and elbow?

See a rheumatologist: There are numerous causes for an inflammatory arthritis. See a rheumatologist to determine the cause and to start appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Bursitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the bursa, a fluid-filled sac that acts as a cushion between ...Read more