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Natural Knee Swelling
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
Reduce swelling: Ice for 24 hrs when selling occurs then moist heat and rest. ...Read more
Get it looked at: Anytime somithing inside the knee causes irritation, the knee will swell. This is called an effusion. Effusions are not normal in a normal knee. At your age the two most common causes are a meniscus tear or some early cartilage damage. If it persists, you should see a md and get weight bearing xrays and likely a mri. ...Read more
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
Aspiration: Swelling inside the knee (effusion) can be resolved to aspirating the fluid out. It is best to treat the underlying cause of the swelling as the swelling may quickly recur with aspiration alone. Anyone with significant pain and swelling in the knee should be evaluate by an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the cause. ...Read more
You may have damage: You may have damage inside your knee. It can be cartilage, ligaments, bone or a combination. You can improve the status of your knee with strengthening of the knee muscles: quadriceps exercises. Depending on your evalaution the damage can be identified by examination and/or imaging and therapy directed to the cause. ...Read more
See doctor: Pain when standing usually indicates cartilage damage such as a torn meniscus or more likely wear and tear arthritis (osteoarthritis). The treatment may be very simple such as weight loss, wearing a brace, anti inflammatory medications, etc. I would advise that he get an accurate diagnosis, either from his primary care physician or an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
R I C E:
Rest- reduce walking, standing for few days.
Ice- ice packs 10 minutes, 3-4 times daily.
Compression- ace wrap for support.
Elevation- keep it elevated when at rest.
If swelling not better, see primary care doctor or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the cause of the swelling. Try ice and rest. ...Read more