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Above my patella is swollen... What does that mean?

Above my patella is swollen... What does that mean?

It depends....: There is an area above your knee called the pre-patella bursa. This can become swollen for a variety of reasons including trauma, overuse, and some forms of arthritis. Rest, ice, elevation, and compression of the area should help as well as taking something like Alieve or ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Vein over kneecap is swollen. Hurts to bend. Going on day 3. Has happened before, but never lasted more than an hour.

Little unclear: I am not sure what you are referring to. There is no large vein over the knee cap. Is it swelling from within the joint? Have it looked at if it hurts! ...Read more

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Had mpfl surgery 8 months ago. Today my kneecap subluxed again for the 1st time. Still hurts and is swollen. Should this be happening post-surgery?

Had mpfl surgery 8 months ago. Today my kneecap subluxed again for the 1st time. Still hurts and is swollen. Should this be happening post-surgery?

It can: Many times it the distal alignment is bad, u r still stressing the mfpl ; it can stretch ; fail as ur original ligament failed. I am a firm believer in acute repair and distal realignment done ; the same time. Also a lateral release@ @ the same time all help 2 give u the best alignment ; decrease the chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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17. Catcher for 7 years. Shooting pains and dull ache right side of left kneecap. Swollen. on and off pain for a year. Worsens when sitting while bent?

17. Catcher for 7 years. Shooting pains and dull ache right side of left kneecap. Swollen. on and off pain for a year. Worsens when sitting while bent?

Knee: There is a consideration for chronic tendinitis. Catchers commonly have tears in the meniscus. Would recommend evaluation and possible mri ...Read more

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Bottom of kneecap hurts really bad after sports a little swollen can't stretch it either Been like this for a good 3 months and gets worse what is it?

Knee pain: This may be something called pre-patellar syndrome. This is chronic inflammation and pain of the area around the kneecap. Your doctor can help evaluate and treat this. Since it has been present for three months it does not sound like it is going away on its own. ...Read more

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I've had a swollen knee for well over a month, been on 500mg of anti inflamitries. No change. It's above my patella?

I've had a swollen knee for well over a month, been on 500mg of anti inflamitries.  No change. It's above my patella?

Could be: Arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis. Go see your dr for a thorough evaluation and assessment. You may need an x-ray and/or MRI and a referral to the orthopedic specialist for an accurate dx. Give us some feedback later. ...Read more

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Patella contusion-8 months. Inside below patella-swollen. On fire at night, Ice relieves.Can't stand up 5+mins.Warm/swollen morning. Cracks fullextend?

Patella contusion-8 months. Inside below patella-swollen. On fire at night, Ice relieves.Can't stand up 5+mins.Warm/swollen morning. Cracks fullextend?

Patella injury: You should be seen by a knee specialist . It's not typical for a young patient to have the current symptoms u have , especially when you can gain treatment and be helped ...Read more

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I am an exotic dancerMy left knee gave out during a pole trick. Patella popped off track. not swollen but hurts on the inner side 4 days later?

Fracture or tear: You may have a fracture or tear. The patella can fracture. A tear of supporting ligaments can tear. You will need to rest it. It has been four days so an X-ray should tell if fracture although MRI may have a role too. If you rest long term? ...Read more