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Knee Swelling Above Knee Cap
Should I be worried about my knee swelling up on top of my knee cap overnight it feels like a waterballon?
Seek more advice: Most likely this represents swelling within your joint called an effusion or swelling outside the joint on top of the patella, called prepatellar bursitis. Either way, you should seek additional advice via a physician evaluation. For now, limiting your weight-bearing and icing the knee 20 minutes every 1-2 hours would be wise. ...Read more
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
I am experiencing knee pain. The following also describe me: Knee weakness and Knee swelling. And my knee Cap is also moving What should I do?
Days to weeks: It can take days to weeks for the swelling to resolve, but as long as your x-rays show progressive healing of the fracture, then you should see progressive improvement of the swelling. Try elevating the knee when you are at rest, and you could also try an ace wrap. ...Read more
Swollen knee cap. I am over fifty-one day woke up with inflammation. Did mri. Oa was the result. Pain started at the back of knee resulting of swell?
Fell hard on knee 3 wks ago. Initial swelling on knee, bruising, painful to touch. Now swelling above knee cap and 2 hard dime size balls on kneecap?
Prepatellar bursa: The lumps maybe hematoma as you may have injured the prepatellar bursa. Heat might help the lumps go away. If there's more to this you need an evaluation. We want to make certain that you don't have an infection ...Read more
Can last a long time: Pain and swelling may last a long time following any injury. Have it evaluated by you orthopedist and get the appropriate treatment to avoid future complications. ...Read more
The bottom of my sons knee cap has started swelling. It is big and you can't even notice it. You have to touch it to know it's there. He didn't fall.
See a doctor: The knee should be examined. There are a lot of things that it could be, but you can't know without seeing it, touching it, and moving the knee around. ...Read more
Yes.: If your knee is producing fluid, which results in swelling, then that's a sign that there is probably something structurally wrong inside your knee. You should see an orthopedic knee specialist for closer evaluation. ...Read more
Ice/elevate/compress: Besides simply resting your leg, you should apply ice, over a compression wrap (elastic wrap), and elevate your knee (on the couch). You can also consider an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Seek medical evaluation if the swelling and pain do not subside in several days. ...Read more
There is constant swelling and pain under my knee cap. Sometimes it pops and hurts into the inside of my knee. I can run but it hurts. What's wrong?
May be tendonitis: If your pain is focal at the bottom end of your kneecap one possibility is patellar tedonitis. You can treat with ice, anti-inflammatories, stretching, and use of a chopat or similar brace when running. There are other possible causes and you should see an orthopaedic surgery for examination to be sure. ...Read more
It appears my knee is turned inside rather than forward. I was told it looks like I may have dislocated my knee cap. Possible injuries? No pain/swelling
Patella dislocation: If there is no pain and no swelling, it seems less likely that there has been an injury. It sounds as though you may have a developmental issue such as a shallow trochlear groove or patella alta or femoral anteversion. Talk with your orthopedic doctor for further info. ...Read more
I fell directly on my knee on concrete. Rolled over & a large blue oval swelling below my knee cap. 2 weeks ltr it is less swln but still hurts?
Get: A xray to make sure you don't have a fracture. ...Read more
Possible cause of pain in left knee, when swelling only occurs under and to the bottom of knee cap, with heat present?
Tendonitis: Tendonitis is common below the kneecap. Ice is good to decrease swelling. VMO exercises also helpful to prevent further issues. ...Read more
Sharp pain on knee cap and below when went running, woke up and now swelling in front and behind knee and can't fully bend it, what is it?
Tear: U might have torn a meniscus :(. Go get it checked out. ...Read more
My right knee hurts on the lateral side. Right below the knee cap there is swelling but more to the lateral side. Fluid inside hurts a lot. HELP?
Patello femoral: A common condition in women is inflammation under the kneecap (patella) — which can lead to extra fluid in the knee joint, and pain under the patella. Other possibilities include injury from a direct blow, or cartilage tear (meniscus injury can occur with use or with twisting). An orthopedist can evaluate and describe options for you. ...Read more
My knee is slightly swelling around knee cap(no redness some pain while walking)for 7 days. If this is fluid, when should this subside on its own? Dr?
10 days: In general, any orthopedic injury (muscles, bones, joints) that doesn't feel a lot better (50% better) in 10 days, should be checked by a physician. Infection can start as swelling so increasing red and pain should be seen asap! ...Read more
Twisted knee and hit on door frame. Swelling and pain, grinding. Knee cap moves all over, seems to be floating and see-saws. Is this ligament damage?
Twisted Sister: If your knee cap truly feels like it's floating then there's probably fluid in the knee joint and/or the lining that covers it. Twisting the knee can cause ligament damage but it has to be pretty severe (unless you're 80 years old and never drank a glass of milk in your life). That "grinding" doesn't seem too comforting either. Best you get to a doctor who can examine you and decide what to do next ...Read more
I have server knee pain on the left side of the knee cap. Can bear weight and constant pain and swelling. No insurance and I need help. What can it be?
Clinic: If you have no insurance, call the closest medical school clinic. Usually listed under a university name. Ask receptionist for name of the walk-in clinic or their general medical clinic. Then call the clinic and explain you are uninsured. Most likely they have a volunteer no cost clinic. You have arthritis or knee injury and need to be seen. If all fails, go to er -- they cannot turn you away. ...Read more
Pain and swelling in my right knee it hurts really bad after sittting for s long time it hurts to straighten it out I've never had this kind of pain before and it seems like fluid is around the knee cap what should ido?
Fell on knee over 2 weeks ago I'm having pain right below knee cap and swelling in same spot and a little towards the inside?
Get checked: This can be a bone bruise, patellar tendon contusion or partial tear, a meniscus tear, tibial plateau bone bruise or small break. If its not getting better by 4-6 weeks, get checked by orthopaedic surgeon. They will get an x-ray and if nothing is bad on x-ray an MRI is ordered to look for the soft tissue injuries. Ice nsaids and reduced activity for now is usual course of action. ...Read more
Played vball the other day, came down wrong on a jump, pain behind my knee&front under my knee cap. Noticeable swelling, what might the problem be? Thx
Could B a patellar-: -subluxation or instability, also this leads 2 chondromalacia under the patella, mal-alignment can cause it as well. If U R exceptionally tall, Marfan's is also possible & can B Dx'd with blood test & genetic makeup shows this in the blood. U should get into C a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Pain and slight swelling about 2 inches below the knee cap. Pain is acute when I take normal steps in walking If I turn leg out, pain stops. No injur?
Question cut off: Please consider resubmitting and including a clear and specific question. ...Read more
Is it true that it takes 6 – 8 week for the knee cap to subside from swelling after arthroscopic surgery?
It's possible: The time for knee effusion to resolve after a knee arthroscopy is highly variable-depends on what was done. It would be unusual if a simple chondroplasty/debridement/menisectomy was done. However, if something more major was done like an acl, microfracture, lateral release, oats procedure this would be within normal limits. Being too active, too early after a scope will cause persistent swelling. ...Read more
Dislocated my knee cap three days ago. Went to er. Following all dr rules. Pain meds aren't helping. The swelling/ pain is worse. What do I do?
Cont supportive care: Most 1st time dislocations will heal and go on to do well. It is often helpful to start a pt program. See your orthopedic surgeon to assess your knee and refer you to pt. ...Read more
I fell over and hit my knee. It's really swollen and painful to touch. I can't straight out my leg. The swelling is right under the knee cap?
Knee cap: This is classic presentation for a . Fractured patella. You best get an X-ray which will determine the treatment reccomended. Ice crutches. Limit weight bearing until seen. ...Read more
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