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Dr. Robert Killian
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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


Dr. Yash Khanna
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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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Dr. Peter Gerbino
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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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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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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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Dr. Charles Ruotolo
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My knee is swollen and painful after jumping up for a shot in basketball. It did not hurts but the second it started to hurt ?

My knee is swollen and painful after jumping up for a shot in basketball. It did not hurts but the second it started to hurt ?

Needs evaluation: A swollen knee in a 23 year old can be many things but is usually something significant. You should be evaluated by an orthopedist and you should have xrays. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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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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Dr. Monica Wood
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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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Dr. Keith Joe
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My right knee is swollen between the joint but it doesn't hurt or anything. I can feel it tighter when i stretch it out. What could be wrong?

My right knee is swollen between the joint but it doesn't hurt or anything. I can feel it tighter when i stretch it out. What could be wrong?

Hard to say: Good thing is that it doesnt hurt. Was there any injury involved? How long has it been like this? There are different reasons for swelling, but lot of them involve pain: knee injury, arthritis (degenerative changes). This is one that is hard to say without seeing your knee and examining it. ...Read more

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