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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

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Yesterday I fell skating and my knee is swollen, painful and bruised. it hurts when I bend it while walking. is the only thing I can do is ice it?

Yesterday I fell skating and my knee is swollen, painful and bruised. it hurts when I bend it while walking. is the only thing I can do is ice it?

Ice for 48 hrs.: At a minimum, you have a contusion. RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is standard first-line treatment. Oral anti-inflammatories like Aleve or Advil will help, but can increase bleeding. If the pain and swelling does not resolve in 1-2 weeks or if there is locking or giving out, you need to see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try and determine cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
Daily
See a doctor
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My knee is swollen above the knee cap. It doesn't hurt unless i try to bend it. I don't remember injuring it. I can't take ibuprofen.?

My knee is swollen above the knee cap.  It doesn't hurt unless i try to bend it.  I don't remember injuring it. I can't take ibuprofen.?

One of two thing: The swelling come from inside the knee (water on the knee) or some thing from the outside (bursitis of the knee). Both cause the same symptoms you mention. Water on the knee we have to find the reason for it before to start to treat it. The bursitis you could have cortisone shot for it and it may help. ...Read more

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I fell down on sidewalk and just below the knee towards the left of the knee is swollen and hurts to walk....what should i do?

I fell down on sidewalk and just below the knee towards the left of the knee is swollen and hurts to walk....what should i do?

RICE: Rest Ice Compression Elevation. If pain and swelling don't improve or worsen, visit your primary care or an urgent care. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Strengthen muscles around the joint
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Use a brace for activity when needed
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Eat a healthy diet and take vitamins
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The right side of my right knee is swollen up alot. Its been going on for a month. It sort of is 'sticking out' and hurts. What should I do? Ouch!

The right side of my right knee is swollen up alot. Its been going on for a month. It sort of is 'sticking out' and hurts. What should I do? Ouch!

See your doctor: Best to see a primary care doctor or a rheumatologist so that they can hear your full story and so they can ask you pertinent questions and examine you. That way, they can help you figure out what is going on. There are may different possibilities that can be causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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Needs info on arthritis my right knee is swollen and it hurts and sometimes i feel like my knee is going out on me. I have arthritis and its passing on to my other knee

How : How old are you? How much do you weigh? How active are you? What type of arthritis do you have? What treatments have you tried? The answers to these questions can change how to manage your knee. Sometimes a "trick knee" is from a meniscal tear. Some tears are part of the arthritic process and some cause mechanical problems. Depending on your other symptoms and the factors above, knee arthroscopy can help remove the loose parts and make your knee feel more stable. Other times, the "trick knee" is an acl tear. In an arthritic knee, reconstructing the acl can put more pressure on the joint surfaces and increase the wear on the cartilage. Another possibility is that you are withdrawing from the pain and therefore reluctant to put weight on the knee. Bracing, therapy, quadriceps training, anti-inflammatories, and injections can be used to manage symptoms. When non-operative treatment fails, you might consider joint replacement. Those function best in older patients with lower bmi's and lower activity levels. Think of it as putting tires on a car. The fewer miles you put on per year, the longer they will last. If you have rheumatoid arthritis or another type of inflammatory arthropathy, then your rheumatologist can work to improve control of the disease. This may not help the right knee, but could prevent damage in the other knee. A good, thorough evaluation by an orthopaedic surgeon can help you explore your options. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Avoid hard soled footwear
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Exercise the knees while sitting
daily
Climb stairs gently
every 4 hours
Perform thigh-strengthening exercises
daily
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My left knee is swollen and it hurts from a seated position and standing.Once i'm on my feet it seems to be ok. Same as above.

You : You could try ice, advil, or tylenol. You could try an off-the-shelf knee brace. If you had continued swelling, pain, give-way, or new complaints then you would need to see a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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