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Hi Doc I have minimal knee joint effusion and minimal subcutaneous edema in infra patellar region can u insist me what measures to be taken? I

Hi Doc I have minimal knee joint effusion and minimal subcutaneous edema in infra patellar region can u insist me what measures to be taken? I

Knee joint effusion: Trauma? Overuse? Had it before? Red? Tender? immobility?
If no redness tenderness or immobility try rest, ice, elevate, NSAIDS if not allergic. F/u with doctor if does not improve in 72 hours.
If any redness/immobility/pain need to see a doctor within 24 hours may be infection with staph, lyme, gout, fracture may need antibiotics, xray or other treatment (colchicine/indocin for gout). ...Read more

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I have a moderate sized knee joint effusion with a root tear of the medial meniscus with mild extrusion...what is the best form of treatment?

I have a moderate sized knee joint effusion with a root tear of the medial meniscus with mild extrusion...what is the best form of treatment?

A lot depends: On severity of your symptoms and progress since the injury. Definitive surgical treatment is menisectomy. You should discuss with orthopedic surgery specialist. ...Read more

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Is a ACL sprain the same as a ACL tear? Unable to straighten the knee. Large knee joint effusion. Please help in a lot of pain. Thanks.

No: A full tear is different than a sprain. A sprain can heal whereas the tear will not and the body tries to compensate. The effusion is due to the initial injury that caused this in the first place. The not being able to straighten the knee part is the most concerning...I guess it happened very recently : (Consider ER or bracing at the moment. Schedule to see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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If a MRI detects a knee joint effusion how can they see meniscal tears? I really don't know what to do with my knee pain surgeon can't help me help

If a MRI detects a knee joint effusion how can they see meniscal tears? I really don't know what to do with my knee pain surgeon can't help me help

MRI great tool: Mri detects 95% of injuries in your knee, but not 100%. An effusion means fluid in the knee, but is non-specific. There are dozens of causes of knee joint swelling. The MRI is helpful in making decisions regarding whether surgery is indicated and if so, can help in planning for your surgeon. The gold standard, however, is looking inside the knee with the scope. Consider 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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And what will happen if I don't get the ACL and medial meniscus interposition synovial fluid/cysts and knee joint effusion fixed?

And what will happen if I don't get the ACL and medial meniscus interposition synovial fluid/cysts and knee joint effusion fixed?

Arthritis: First of all, it may cause ongoing loss of function and pain it will also lead to the earlier emergence of osteoarthritis with even more potential pain and loss of function. ...Read more

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Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella, knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear. Mcland lcl strain.?

Conservative Rx: Depends upon your primary complaint and whether there was a mechanism of injury. Chondromalacia (i.e.Cartilage wear=arthritis) is common and can cause swelling and pain. Collateral ligament strains/partial tears (mcl+lcl) should be managed well conservatively. Recommend seeing a pt for motion, strengthening, edema control. Am a fan of a stationary bike as well (nonimpact knee motion+strengthening). ...Read more

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What causes a knee joint to lock up? Is a displacement ot the mensicus root considered a tear? What is medium size joint effusion mean?

A meniscus tear: The most common cause of a locked knee is a large meniscus tear. When this happens, a portion of the meniscus gets stuck in a bad spot. This doesn't allow the knee to move freely, causing it to lock. Displacement of the meniscus root is a certain kind of tear. Sometimes, it can be repaired which can be hard. See an experienced surgeon. An effusion is fluid in the knee, likely from the tear. ...Read more

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Recently I fell down from bike and gone for MRI of my right knee. The report says that "mild joint effusion". How do I overcome this problem.?

Recently I fell down from bike and gone for MRI of my right knee. The report says that "mild joint effusion". How do I overcome this problem.?

Time: It is likely just a contusion or sprain and will resolve with time especially if the MRI did not show any other significant findings. ...Read more

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My MRI reveals ''celery stalk' on right knee joint. I am suffering from pain in whole leg and MRI also shows minimal synovial effusion. Before two yea?

My MRI reveals ''celery stalk' on right knee joint. I am suffering from pain in whole leg and MRI also shows minimal synovial effusion. Before two yea?

Celery Stalk: The 'celery stalk' finding on knee MRI is a sign of mucoid degeneration of the ACL. Typically patients present with knee pain or restricted movement, although often other potential causes for the patient's symptoms are found. The pathogenesis remains controversial. Possible etiologies include
age related degeneration, or congenital or acquired synovial tissue entrapment between ACL fibers. ...Read more

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Xray: R.knee: small joint effusion. Mild medial n patellofemoral compartment degenerative changes with mild subchondral sclerosis. Left knee: same thing like above AND mild joint space narrowing. Can you please explain these findings thank you?

Djd: Those findings are c/w degenerative joint disease, ie your knee has some wear on the ant and medial sides. As the cartilage wears down the joint space gets narrowed. The bone directly under the space thickens (sclerosis) in response to increased load. Inflammation leads to swelling (effusion). These are early signs of degenerative joint disease. You're on young side to have arthritis. ...Read more

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Knee Injury 2-2014. Just had new mri. Suspect mild strain of ACL & pcl. Very small joint effusion. Can you explain this?

Knee Injury 2-2014. Just had new mri. Suspect mild strain of ACL & pcl. Very small joint effusion. Can you explain this?

Sounds like: It means mild injury to ligaments. If you are having symptoms, you need medical evaluation, because these finding do not fully explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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Left knee one doctor said the tracking was off from my knee cap, took MRI and he said there was no tear jus mild to moderate joint effusion. Does thi?

Left knee one doctor said the tracking was off from my knee cap, took MRI and he said there was no tear jus mild to moderate joint effusion. Does thi?

See details: It is difficult to offer specifics but the knees swelling can be from numerous causes. Aspiration and analysis of the fluid may provide important information about the cause of the inflammation. I would urge a consultation with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I made. Mri left knee and it says (mucoid degeneration of the posterior horn of medial meniscus and mild joint effusion) what is recommended treatment?

I made. Mri left knee and it says (mucoid degeneration of the posterior horn of medial meniscus and mild joint effusion) what is recommended treatment?

Conservative.: If your physician is not familiar with the condition, I would recommend a sport medicine or orthopedic consultation. Mucoid degeneration of the meniscus refers to a change in the molecular make up of the meniscus as a nonspecific response to injury particularly in a young adult but can be related to aging to older individuals. Treatment is typically conversative, ie, nonsurgical. ...Read more

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I have joint effusion over fluid and a small tear on the collateral ligament on my knee. Is it going to heal itself? It hurts a lot when I bend it all

I have joint effusion over fluid and a small tear on the collateral ligament on my knee. Is it going to heal itself? It hurts a lot when I bend it all

With good treatment.: See your doctor, sports medicine physician, or physiatrist to get proper treatment for your condition. That will maximize your outcomes. Most small tears can heal without surgery. Avoid forcing the knee into extreme flexion. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Is a medium size joint effusion a lot of fluid in the knee?

Is a medium size joint effusion a lot of fluid in the knee?

Yes: There are multiple questions to be asked about this effusion. If is happened as a result of trauma are the components of the knee intact? If it occurred without trauma is it from an infection? Does a sample of the fluid need to be taken for analysis? I'm afraid you, or whoever's knee we're talking about, should see a doctor. Sorry for the inconvenience at a time like this. ...Read more

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I took a MRI for my knees and they said I have something. Like a small joint effusion. What dose that mean?

Knee MRI: Effusion is "water on the knee". This could be benign or caused by an internal derangement (ie: cartilage tear). ...Read more

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Supra pateller joint effusion suspected on right knee of my wife. What should I do?

Supra pateller joint effusion suspected on right knee of my wife. What should I do?

Effusion is a sympto: M, and a visit 2 an ortho may be advisable. There needs 2 b a good history of when, trauma/ tho small, repetitive use as running squats, any tick bites. U may have 2 think back a few days or a week to look 4 anything that may have happened. Many times there may b something that u did not even notice. Knee xam, x-rays, good exam, labs will put u on the right path 2 dx. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery for advanced tricompartmental degernative joint disease in left knee with small joint effusion and several large ossified loose bodi?

Do I need surgery for advanced tricompartmental degernative joint disease in left knee with small joint effusion and several large ossified loose bodi?

Likely you will.: That sounds like a severely degenerated knee, especially for someone of your young age. That youth will likely relegate you to surgical correction - knee replacement - at some point, usually when the knee starts to feel unstable of if the pain becomes so severe that you simply can no longer use the knee effectively. But why is the knee so bad? ...Read more

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Hi, I just had an MRI done of my Lt knee, and the results are as follow. Patella alta with subluxation, joint effusion, and cartrilage loss over central?

Hi, I just had an MRI done of my Lt knee, and the results are as follow. Patella alta with subluxation, joint effusion, and cartrilage loss over central?

See below: Patella alta means your knee cap is riding somewhat higher than normal; similarly subluxation refers to an abnormal position between the two bones that make up a joint; these conditions can lead to cartilage loss on the undersurface of the knee cap known as chondromalacia. Don't hesitate to discuss directly with doctor. ...Read more

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How does someone get rid of joint effusion in the knee? If someone has a knee effusion is a MRI accurate? Please explain I don't know what to do?

Several ways.: Sometimes a joint effusion my resolve on its own or with ice and anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). If the effusion is large, it may need to be drained with a needle (arthrocentesis). Mri is the best way to detect a joint effusion. ...Read more

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Knee cartilage deterioration, moderate narrowing, small joint effusion, periarticular spur fluid; MRI clear yet terrible pain. What can be done now?

Knee pain: Sounds like there is some arthritic changes--and I suspect MRI has ruled out meniscal tear.
If not responding to high dose nsaids ie aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen and rest--to orthopedics and may need a procedure ...Read more

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MRI results on L knee- Patellaofemoral, medial compartment Chrondomalacia with slight joint effusion. 1yr post MCL repair. Do I need another surgery?

No surgery needed: The results are consistent with thinning of the cartilage in two of the three main compartments of the knee. This is essentially osteoarthritis of the knee with the swelling (aka effusion) likely a result of that. You do not need surgery for this, you need to have an effective plan for managing arthritis in the long term. An orthopedic specialist can help you create such a plan. ...Read more

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What to do along with Factor VIII for severe hemarthrosis along with large joint effusion of knee in patient with Hemophilia A?

What to do along with Factor VIII for severe hemarthrosis along with large joint effusion of knee in patient with Hemophilia A?

Xfusion with factor-: -Vlll, then aspiration of the joint. Chronic hemarthrosis destroys the articular cartilages. It consumes O2, & does not allow it 2 B nourished. Cartilages only O2 comes from the joint fluid, but it's not available since the inflammatory reaction 2 the blood consumes it ...Read more

Effusion (Definition)

Increased joint fluid or ...Read more