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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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Last year in august 2012, I had fallen and had an injury to my knee. Recently it has been giving me problems, knee swelling and now down to ankle.

Last year in august 2012, I had fallen and had an injury to my knee. Recently it has been giving me problems, knee swelling and now down to ankle.

Get checked: Swelling to ankle is unusual for a knee problem. The 2 may be related but may be separate problem. It should be checked asap. ...Read more

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What is it? I have leg pain, knee pain and knee swelling.

What is it? I have leg pain, knee pain and knee swelling.

Need more history: You need to give a more detailed history. Did you have trauma? Is the site red? See your doctor for a complete evaluation ...Read more

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How long after a full hip replacement should the leg / knee swelling last?

How long after a full hip replacement should the leg / knee swelling last?

1-2 weeks for post o: Be careful here because residual lower extremity swelling could also indicate a blood clot which is not uncommon with hip arthroplasty. It should be checked. ...Read more

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Pain in lower right back above buttocks. Travels down leg. Knee pain shooting down leg when crossing legs. No knee swelling, full weight bearing.

Pain in lower right back above buttocks. Travels down leg. Knee pain shooting down leg when crossing legs. No knee swelling, full weight bearing.

Sciatica: It is very likely you have sciatica. The sciatic nerve can be irritated with by many things. Recommend NSAIDs, exercise and ab strengthening. Sleep and sit on hard NOT soft surfaces. If not better definitive treatment is medrol dose pak and/or PT. ...Read more

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37 yrs old this year alone broke right foot twice, knee swelling/popping out of place, now broke pelvic bone. Could it be a medication I am on?

37 yrs old this year alone broke right foot twice, knee swelling/popping out of place, now broke pelvic bone. Could it be a medication I am on?

That is a lot of : Fractures in one year. Unless one was a stunt woman or very clumsy -this is difficult to explain. I reviewed side effect profiles for phenergan, (promethazine) Alprazolam ; Apriso — and found no association with fractures. If you have found yourself more injury prone, Alprazolam can lead to difficulty with coordination, clumsiness etc. This warrants further exploration. ...Read more

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Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause the small saphenous vein to stick out of the leg w/ below knee swelling?

Can reflex sympathetic dystrophy cause the small saphenous vein to stick out of the leg w/ below knee swelling?

It can: It can cause basically any dystrophic change in the lower extremity although what you describe is not specifically pathognomonic for CRPS. Has someone diagnosed you with that? ...Read more

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Knee is swelling, difficulty in bending and putting weight on leg? No recollection of trauma to the knee

Knee is swelling, difficulty in bending and putting weight on leg? No recollection of trauma to the knee

Knee pain: HI, definitely need to see your dr, this could be an anatomical issue with meniscal damage; or joint abnormality due to poor tracking of your patella. Most commonly suddent knee pain with no history of trauma is related to infection of knee or gout. ...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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The Best way to treat knee swelling?

The 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 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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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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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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What causes knee swelling and tightness?

Knee swelling: Effusion comes from synovial irritation, arthritis, connective tissue disease, injury. Hemarthrosis can be from fracture, major ligament or vessel injury. ...Read more

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When will knee swelling go away after knee surgery?

When will knee swelling go away after knee surgery?

Once inflammation su: All trauma to the knee causes swelling and surgery is one type of trauma; sweeling usually goes down as the muscles around the knee regain tone and strength and as the infalmmationgoes down. ...Read more

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What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

What happens when arthritis knee swelling doesn't go away?

See details: You should see a rheumatologist or orthopedist and get it diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Can somebody give me advice for knee swelling after dislocation?

Can somebody give me advice for knee swelling after dislocation?

Many possibilities: Knee swelling can be due to many things such as gout, infection, or due to tendon, cartilage, or bone abnormalities. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Will a disc pushing against your sciatica nerve cause knee swelling?

Will a disc pushing against your sciatica nerve cause knee swelling?

No: Knee swelling is usually due knee joint abnormalities including arthropathies and trauma. Sciatica usually involve back pain with numbness may radiate to legs and toes. ...Read more

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How do I know when will knee swelling go away after knee surgery 7months ago?

How do I know when will knee swelling go away after knee surgery 7months ago?

Not normal: Knee swelling this long after surgery is not normal even though you did not mention the exact nature of the surgery. Let the surgeon reevaluate your knee. ...Read more

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Which is the best anti-inflammatory pill that I should take for knee swelling?

Which is the best anti-inflammatory pill that I should take for knee swelling?

Best is what works: There is no such thing as the best anti-inflammatory medication as they are all fairly equal in effectiveness. Best is whatever works and doesn't cause side effects. Consult with your doctor so that he or she can take into account your specific medical history when recommending a medication. ...Read more

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I have knee swelling after 15 days of ligament damage, what can be reason behind it?

I have knee swelling after 15 days of ligament damage, what can be reason behind it?

Follow up: Follow up with orthopaedics. It may still be related to the ligaments or you may have other damage, such as to cartilage. It is safer to be non weight bearing and be seen. All the best. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about my knee swelling up on top of my knee cap overnight it feels like a waterballon?

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

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I have chronic left knee swelling and pain (for 3 years!) after extensive testing diagnosis is synovitis. Any recommendations?

I have chronic left knee swelling and pain (for 3 years!) after extensive testing diagnosis is synovitis.  Any recommendations?

Injection or surgery: I'm assuming after 3 years you have tried pt and antiinflammatories. Draining the knee followed by a cortisone injection (assuming the fluid doesn't look infected) could help. If there is any suspicion for infection, hold off on the cortisone until the synovial fluid has been evaluated. Last resort is to see an ortho surgeon about a synovectomy. ...Read more

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Possible causes of sudden knee swelling on the outside of the knee. No pain. Slight tingling sensation. Wasn't injured. Feels like it needs to pop?

Knee Pain: Pain on the outside of the knee is not very specific. Is that the only symptom? Some people have a plica which is folding of the tissue within the lining (synovium) of the knee. It will sometimes cause a catching or popping sensation above the joint line. It is a difficult diagnosis to make unless you can reproduce it in the physician's office. I would monitor it and if it bothers you call md. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Knee Swelling (Definition)

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 ...Read more