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What causes swelling in the knee? I had surgery over 1 year ago and my knee is still very swollen? I had plica removal and think I have atrophy? Expla

What causes swelling in the knee? I had surgery over 1 year ago and my knee is still very swollen? I had plica removal and think I have atrophy? Expla

Inflammation: In a 40+ year old patient with prior surgery for plica/chondroplasty the possible reasons for the swelling are: 1) infection, 2) cartilage damage, and 3) mechanical symptoms from a torn meniscus. It is difficult to get more specific without more information, a physical exam and testing as indicated; however, I do think you should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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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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Ortho question what causes swelling in the knee? Hurts to twist it from right to left is this a meniscus tear? What is a meniscus cyst? Please explain

Ortho question what causes swelling in the knee? Hurts to twist it from right to left is this a meniscus tear? What is a meniscus cyst? Please explain

Meniscal tears: Pain and swelling are very common symptoms of a meniscal tear. If it has been going on for more than a month i would see an orthopedic surgeon to get x-rays and probably an mri. Meniscal tears typically don't heal and require arthroscopic surgery to fix them. ...Read more

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What causes swelling of the knee?

What causes swelling of the knee?

Arthritis: Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis is the most common cause. There are several other conditions including gout and lymes disease to name a few examples that may cause swelling. See a dr. For an evaluation and get your cause diagnosed and treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What causes swelling below the knee?

What causes swelling below the knee?

Many things: The quick answer is there are many things that can cause swelling below the knee. The nice thing is that if you go to an experienced physician, most musculoskeletal problems can be relatively easily discerned, which of course would dictate treatment. Thus without specifics of where you are experiencing swelling, we will not be able to give you an appropriate answer. ...Read more

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What causes swelling on the knee joint?

What causes swelling on the knee joint?

Injury or arthritis: Injury or some type of arthritis, as well as some types of inflammatory diseases can cause your symptoms. You should see your doctor for an exam and diagnosis. ...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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What causes swelling on the ankle and knee?

What causes swelling on the ankle and knee?

The etiologies may : Be the same or independent of each other. A thorough orthopedic exam seems like a good idea. The knee could be arthritic, you may have a meniscus tear etc, then due the injury the ankle is bearing more weight and causing the ankle to swell. Or, the ankle can have its own set of problems. ...Read more

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What are potential causes of swelling behind the knee?

What are potential causes of swelling behind the knee?

Baker's cyst: Localized swelling behind the knee is typically a baker's cyst or popliteal cyst. These cysts can arise if there is fluid within the knee joint. To treat the baker's cyst, you need to identify the cause of the fluid in the knee first. An unusual cause of swelling behind the knee is a popliteal aneurysm - a potentially worrisome problem. Consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to start. ...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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