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What can I do for pain and swelling in the knee?

What can I do for pain and swelling in the knee?

Ice, rest, NSAIDs: Most swollen, painful joints are due to overuse, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, etc. These can usually be treated with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicines like Motrin or aleve (naproxen). Sometimes drainage and injections can also help. If the joint swells rapidly or is red, hot, or extremely tender, see your doctor as this could be something more serious like an infection or gout. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

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


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Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Will a pinched nerve in the back cause pain and swelling in the knee?

Knee and spine: No but low back related weakness and proprioception problems around the knee joint can exaggerate and accelerate the wear and tear that a knee endures, and sometimes is a fundamental aggravating, causative factor. ...Read more

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What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

Pain and swelling: If you are having pain and swelling above the kneecap there are different possibilities. You could have problems with your quadriceps tendon insertion, arthritis, or something torn inside your knee. ...Read more

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What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

What problems happen in the back of the knee besides baker's cyst. I have pain and swelling in the knee above the kneecap.?

See an Orthopaedist: A baker's cyst is often a sign of pathology within the knee joint (meniscal tear or arthritis e.g.). If you are also experiencing pain and swelling above the knee cap, an orthopaedic evaluation is recommended to identify the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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After using levaquin, (levofloxacin) my Achilles tendon and knees have started paining suddenly. I have minor psoriasis; i want to rule out psoriatic arthritis. I don't have any swelling and my nails are healthy. What should I do?

After using levaquin, (levofloxacin) my Achilles tendon and knees have started paining suddenly. I have minor psoriasis; i want to rule out psoriatic arthritis. I don't have any swelling and my nails are healthy. What should I do?

Rheumatologist eval: Psoriasis is associated with joint inflammation and tendon problems. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is associated with tendonopathy particularly of the achilles tendon but other tendons can be involved including the knee but not classically. Rheumatologist specilize in the diagnosis and treatment of the about aided at time by orthopedic surgeons if damage is severe. Diagnosis based on history, labs and clinical judge. ...Read more

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What can cause a swelling in the knee in different times that come and goes ?

What can cause a swelling in the knee in different times that come and goes  ?

Several possible: Intermitent swelling in a joint can be due to an injury or arthritis. If it happens in the morning and gets better with activity, it could be arthritis. If it happens at the end of a day or with more activity it could be an injury that is being aggravated. Infections are unlikely to cause intermittent swelling. Sometimes there is swelling around a joint that is not actually in the joint (edema). ...Read more

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Will I get addicted to nurophen ... ? I tqke them as reqired for pain and swelling on my knee

Will I get addicted to nurophen ... ? I tqke them as reqired for pain and swelling on my knee

Unlikely: Nurophen's main ingredient is ibuprofen, which is also in Motrin and Advil. It is a very common NSAID, which does not have addictive properties. An excessive amount can cause kidney failure. If you use a lot if it, I recommend you get a blood test to check your kidney numbers ...Read more

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For a couple of days I have been dealing with pain and swelling in my right knee. Today, I felt a pop in the right side of the same knee. ?

For a couple of days I have been dealing with pain and swelling in my right knee. Today, I felt a pop in the right side of the same knee. ?

Knee injury: could be an injury to lateral collateral ligament, tear in meniscus, strain or sprain ?? Need to wrap, ice, ibuprofen, elevate, neoprene brace...get x-ray, maybe needle to check fluid or blood, crutches... ...Read more

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I have had pain and swelling in my right knee for a couple of days now but today I actually felt a pop in the right side of my knee. What should I do?

I have had pain and swelling in my right knee for a couple of days now but today I actually felt a pop in the right side of my knee. What should I do?

Orthopedic surgeon: This combination of signs and symptoms sound like an internal knee derangement and could be due to cartilage or ligament injury. At present rest,elevation,cold applications and,if you can take them,NSAIDS like ibuprofen are the best measures. See an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment unless signs and symptoms resolve quickly. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my knee it shifts when i go down the stairs ? It clunks and is very painful please help and explain I do have swelling in the knee

What is wrong with my knee it shifts when i go down the stairs ? It clunks and is very painful please help and explain  I do have swelling in the knee

Possible tear: If you are having feelings of instability or mechanical symptoms you may have a ligamentous tear based on your injury history. If you are having swelling as well this is a sign that something is going on. I would recommend getting seen by somebody to better evaluate it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for swelling in the knee to go down after arthroscopy?

How long does it take for swelling in the knee to go down after arthroscopy?

few weeks: This will obvious vary person to person and to some degree dependent on what was done with the arthroscopy but the swelling should be better roughly within a month from surgery. ...Read more

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Can altered gait due to injury of ankle and knee cause pain and swelling in the hamstring?

Can altered gait due to injury of ankle and knee cause pain and swelling in the hamstring?

Oh yes!: Any alteration in your gait due to an injury can then in turn cause other problems. I would see a physical therapist to begin some treatment if possible. ...Read more

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What cause pain in the knee due to popping and slipping. I have a lot of swelling in the knee unable to straighten the leg when standing?

What cause pain in the knee due to popping and slipping. I have a lot of swelling in the knee unable to straighten the leg when standing?

Need evaluation: Swelling in the knee is a marker for something inside being torn and the slipping and pain are indications that you should have this evaluated by and orthopedist. ...Read more

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What are some remedies for arthritis and swelling in the knee for a hemophiliac?

What are some remedies for arthritis and swelling in the knee for a hemophiliac?

Ice, rest, factors: For a hemophiliac, bleeding into the joints are the usual causes of swelling and subsequent arthritis. So, the first thing should always be to rest, ice and to check the factor levels to make sure that the swelling is not due to bleeding into the joint. ...Read more

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Tick bite still itches after months and now having some pain and swelling in knee. Have been tested for Lyme and it was negative? Now what?

Tick bite still itches after months and now having some pain and swelling in knee. Have been tested for Lyme and it was negative? Now what?

Test is not reliable: See your doc again and revisit the symptoms . The test may be negative at a high negative rate but still have the process. Would go over the symptoms with the doc and have the doc look at the original site and describe any rash that you might have had. Sometimes if symptoms persist then the person is treated anyhow. Best wisehes ...Read more

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Can having a displaced meniscus cause swelling in the knee? What causes burning pain in the knee? Please help and explain?

Can having a displaced meniscus cause swelling in the knee? What causes burning pain in the knee? Please help and explain?

Yes: A displaced meniscus is when one of the cartilage discs in the joint flips up on itself and this can create locking, catching, pain, swelling and a sense of instability exacerbated with twisting and turning. These symptoms warrant an evaluation and possibly an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I improve pain and swelling in my knees? I love to run - have lost 120 lbs. Had torn meniscus repaired. Pain in back of knee & instability

How can I improve pain and swelling in my knees? I love to run - have lost 120 lbs. Had torn meniscus repaired. Pain in back of knee & instability

Orthopaedic Eval.: Consider an orthopaedci evaluation. Weightbearing xrays will be helpful in determining whether or not you have significant arthritis and whether or not the swelling is due to the meniscus tear and/or any underlying arthritis. ...Read more

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