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Above my knee cap is swollen. What does that mean? And what should I do?

Above my knee cap is swollen. What does that mean? And what should I do?

C an orthopedic sur-: eon. Could Be swelling in the pre patellar bursa, or fluid in the joint proper. The causes & treatments R very different. ...Read more

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Forgot to unclip out of my pedals on my bike at a stop. Fell over and my bike landed on the point of myknee. My knee cap is swollen and hurts when b?

Forgot to unclip out of my pedals on my bike at a stop.  Fell over and my bike landed on the point of myknee.  My knee cap is swollen and hurts when b?

Contusion : Probably a knee cap contusion. Ice it, take anti inflammatory meds such as advil (ibuprofen) if not allergic, and rest. Of not better in a few days, see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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After a bad fall, hittin the knee now knee cap is swollen, couple of cuts and extremely painful, suspected ruptured bursa sac. How can a xray prove?

After a bad fall, hittin the knee now knee cap is swollen, couple of cuts and extremely painful, suspected ruptured bursa sac. How can a xray prove?

X-ray may help: X-ray is needed to rule out bone injury and if struck directly you could have broken your kneecap.If there is a fracture it must be treated. Bursa's don't rupture in initial injuries because they are normally deflated, but you can have blood filling the bursa or inside the joint which is painful. With cuts and any possibility of a fracture you should go to the ER because of risk of bone infection. ...Read more

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I'm 16 and I have tendonitis. Today I was playing a tennis match and now my knee cap is swollen & looks like it has purple veins running through it?

I'm 16 and I have tendonitis. Today I was playing a tennis match and now my knee cap is swollen & looks like it has purple veins running through it?

Tennis: With a swollen knee cap you must see a Specialist who will look after you. Please have your mother speak to your doctor and set up an appointment to see the Specilalist ...Read more

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Why would the area around my knee cap be so swollen?

Why would the area around my knee cap be so swollen?

Instability: In the absence of a contusion or trauma in the area, it is possible that you have an instability of your knee and/or patella. You should visit your physician for an evaluation and potential physical therapy to correct any muscle imbalance. www.otwithmd.com. ...Read more

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Why does my right knee hurt when i squat? I feel that the pain came from the back of the knee cap & nothing is swollen. What's wrong with my knee?

Chondromalacia?: Knee pain in the front of your knee is usually related to your kneecap. It is usually related to sitting or going up and down stairs. Many times this can be treated with a brace and possibly physical therapy. ...Read more

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I had a bad fall . Went to a Dr for an x-ray of my knee, he didn't see a break or fracture .One month later my knee cap is still swollen and painfull?

 I had a bad fall . Went to a Dr for an x-ray of my knee, he didn't see a break or fracture .One month later my knee cap is still swollen and painfull?

Go back for check up: It is possible that your knee cap has a fracture which could have been missed when checked for initially. You should go back to your doctor/s and get a recheck of your knee. You may be better off seeing an Orthopedic specialist if the initial evaluation was not done by an Orthopedist. ...Read more

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I hit the top of my knee cap and it is swollen.It hurts when I bend or touch it.It has been aching for a day 1/2.Is it fractured or dislocated?

I hit the top of my knee cap and it is swollen.It hurts when I bend or touch it.It has been aching for a day 1/2.Is it fractured or dislocated?

Xray to assess fx: Depending upon the degree of trauma and force imparted upon the patella (kneecap) determiness the risk for fracture. Bony tenderness to palpation would indicate a need for X-rays. Seek evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon for persistent symptoms. ...Read more

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My knee is killing me I have no injury hurts in front of knee cap & behind my knee tightness swollen hurts to walk or do anything what causes this?

My knee is killing me I have no injury hurts in front of knee cap & behind my knee tightness swollen hurts to walk or do anything what causes this?

See details: This sounds as if it is an inflammatory arrhritis. See a rheumatologist for proper diagnosis as there are literally numerous causes of knee inflammation. ...Read more

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What can I do for a swollen, painful knee cap?

What can I do for a swollen, painful knee cap?

Find the reason: Most of the time it is bursitis in front of the knee cap. Warm moist heat rebated as often as possible, try not to bend the knee for a week (brace) use antibiotics and medications for inflammations. ...Read more

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I dance and I felt a pop under my knee cap. It also hurts on the inside of my knee. Pressure, overuse, and bending hurts it. Not swollen. ?

I dance and I felt a pop under my knee cap. It also hurts on the inside of my knee. Pressure, overuse, and bending hurts it. Not swollen. ?

KNEE PAIN: knee pain and popping you need an exam baseline labs and knee X-ray . It may be chondromalacia patellae.(Runners knee) If duration of knee pain is over 3 months a knee MRI would be indicated to define the anatomy and evaluate for structural damage. Also consult a PMR doctor for potential injections of platelets or glucose . Lastly an ortho consult in case surgery is needed ...Read more

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Why is my knee cap and around my knee warm, red and swollen?

Why is my knee cap and around my knee warm, red and swollen?

Possible infection: Concerning for infection: possibly of the prepatellar bursa. Hallmarks for infection are: hot, red, swollen, painful. If it isnt getting better would go in to be seen. ...Read more

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I fell on my knee quite hard at football yesterday and is quite painful on the knee cap and above it. It's a little swollen any idea what it could be?

I fell on my knee quite hard at football yesterday and is quite painful on the knee cap and above it. It's a little swollen any idea what it could be?

If U landed directly: on the knee cap it could B an injury 2 the pre-patellar bursa. If there is an abrasion over the area, there's a risk of it becoming infected. Best 2 C an orthopedic surgeon 4 hands on eval & imaging 2 rule out fracture. ...Read more

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My knee is swollen on the out side of my knee cap, it hurts when I walk and bend it?

My knee is swollen on the out side of my knee cap, it hurts when I walk and bend it?

Needs to be checked: We do not have enough information like if there is history of any trauma,how long it has been swollen,what your occupation is etc And swelling of knee needs to be examined and may need imaging like Xray and MRI if indicated find out what is causing the swelling and pain Swelling can be caused by trauma,inflammatin like Arthritis,fluid in the knee,infection,gout or psedogout ...Read more

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