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21y/o female athlete with pain in front of knee cap, stiff, some swelling. Should I see a doctor?

21y/o female athlete with pain in front of knee cap, stiff, some swelling. Should I see a doctor?

Patella issue: Based on your age, I'd be thinking of a patella chondromalacia/ alignment issue irritated by activity. Also, you might have a patella bursitis if you've had some trauma to the area. I'd go with some rest, ice and NSAIDs. If symptoms persist, I'd get an orthopedic exam. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Knee Stiffness (Definition)

Knee stiffness is a clinical finding in which there is stiffness or decreased range of motion at the knee. This can occur with injury, arthritis, infection, ...Read more


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What can cause knee stiffness after knee scope?

What can cause knee stiffness after knee scope?

Stiffness: Swelling from synovitis called an effusion. Swelling from bleed called hemarthrosis. Also stiffness from self-induced guarding of motion, among others. ...Read more

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What is really good for knee stiffness and aches?

What is really good for knee stiffness and aches?

Rest!: Most people's knee stiffness is due to an internal injury of the knee itself, whether it is cartilage as in arthritis or a meniscus tear, the first objective if the condition is acute is to rest the joint, use ice and an anti inflammatory agent such as Aleve or aspirin. If you have a history of stomach ulcers then us tylenol (acetaminophen) to manage the aching. ...Read more

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What all may be causing my knee stiffness and swelling?

What all may be causing my knee stiffness and swelling?

Many causes: Septic arthritis, rheumatoid, wrighters syndrome, ligament or meniscus tear, joint effusion, osteoarthritis, lupus, etc. ...Read more

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Where do I start to evaluate knee stiffness in a teenager?

Where do I start to evaluate knee stiffness in a teenager?

Stiff knee: First evaluation should be by the primary care physician before directly making appointment with the orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What doctors do I start with to evaluate knee stiffness and pain?

What doctors do I start with to evaluate knee stiffness and pain?

Primary care: Primary care physician will start with knee x-ray, possible mri, lab tests if necessary. ...Read more

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My knee swelled up to twice its size but it healed but i keep having frequent knee stiffness and permanant limping, what could be wrong?

My knee swelled up to twice its size but it healed but i keep having frequent knee stiffness and permanant limping, what could be wrong?

Needs ortho or rheum: Needs orthopedic or rheumatologic evaluation as there are many possiblities, including internal derangement. ...Read more

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What can cause knee stiffness?

What can cause knee stiffness?

Trauma,Arthritis: Injuries, osteoarthritis, surgery, bleeding into the joint from coagulopathies or blood thiners, gout, other forms of arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Patella (Definition)

Patella is a thick piece of bone, more commonly known ...Read more