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What is causing my knees to radiate heat?

What is causing my knees to radiate heat?

Inflammation: Warm joints are typically caused by inflammation, a healing response mediated by your body's cells. An injured area attracts healing white blood cells, macrophages, etc to start the repair process. Classically the process includes redness, swelling, tenderness, heat, and pain as the blood supply increases as a response to bring those cells after injury, gout, infection, etc. ...Read more

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What causes heat in your knees?

What causes heat in your knees?

Likely Inflammation: There could be many reasons for 'heat' in the knee. Inection and inflammation are common reasons for heat. Both traumatic and non-traumatic causes such as sprains, strains, bursitis, tendinitis, early arthritis/wear/tear, ligament injury, meniscus tear, rheumatologic diseases can cause inflammation and 'heat'. See an orthopedic surgeon for clarity in diagnosis. ...Read more

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Possible cause of pain in left knee, when swelling only occurs under and to the bottom of knee cap, with heat present?

Possible cause of pain in left knee, when swelling only occurs under and to the bottom of knee cap, with heat present?

Tendonitis: Tendonitis is common below the kneecap. Ice is good to decrease swelling. VMO exercises also helpful to prevent further issues. ...Read more

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Started experiencing pain in my knee area. Then it started heating up and began to become red and a bit swollen. What may have caused this?

Started experiencing pain in my knee area. Then it started heating up and began to become red and a bit swollen. What may have caused this?

Inflamation: This is a reaction to an injury within the knee. Swelling and warmth are the initial response to start healing. You want to make sure you don't have an infection (fever). ...Read more

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I have a 10 year old knee injury caused by a bike accident. My knee is stiff&hurts after "insanity" workouts. Should I apply cooling or heating cream?

I have a 10 year old knee injury caused by a bike accident. My knee is stiff&hurts after "insanity" workouts. Should I apply cooling or heating cream?

Start with cool pack: In general, we recommend ice initially for an acute injury of the knee. This is to minimize the swelling. Then after 48 hours switch to heat to increase the blood flow and increase healing. Rest, ice, wrap and elevate or 'RICE' are tips for handling acute injury. Best of luck, if no better within the week, get a good exam in a face to face visit. ...Read more

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I have severe pain on upper calf and knee when I stand and walk. There is no swelling or heat and I have not injured my leg - what could the cause be?

I have severe pain on upper calf and knee when I stand and walk. There is no swelling or heat and I have not injured my leg - what could the cause be?

Calf pain: One sided severe calf pain and referred knee pain in the absence of an injury present while walking suggests presence an intermittent claudication from arterial insufficiency i.e. Plaque, clot, pad). Unexplained calf pain presenting in this fashion may also be do deep vein thrombosis (venous clot), but less likely to subside at rest. Both can be very serious and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can I apply heat to a knee 48 hours status post menicectomy?

Can I apply heat to a knee 48 hours status post menicectomy?

Yes: Yes you can apply heat to your joint with out any problem as there is no danger of bleeding any more. ...Read more

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I fell on cement, hit knee. Should I be using heat or just ice?

I fell on cement, hit knee. Should I be using heat or just ice?

Ice first: Generally the first few days we encourage icing to minimize the inflammation. After a few days you can start adding heat to encourage circulation and the healing process. Ice can still be used especially if the knee becomes too inflamed/painful after activity. See a doctor to rule out any fracture or injury to the knee. ...Read more

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I hyper extended my knee about a week ago what should I do now ice it heat it or both?

I hyper extended my knee about a week ago what should I do now ice it heat it or both?

Hyperextension: Make sure its nothing more serious. But in general, ice works better on an injury within the frist 48 hours, then consider moist heat or contrasting ice with moist heat. ...Read more

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Its been a week since I hyper extended my knee do you think I should be icing it heating it or both?

Its been a week since I hyper extended my knee do you think I should be icing it heating it or both?

Hyperextension: Make sure its nothing more serious. But in general, ice works better on an injury within the frist 48 hours, then consider moist heat or contrasting ice with moist heat. ...Read more

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Knee unstable for 3months. Have pain front and back of knee and radiates down shin. Hurts to bend. Pain keeps me up at night. Trying ice and heat.?

Knee unstable for 3months. Have pain front and back of knee and radiates down shin. Hurts to bend. Pain keeps me up at night. Trying ice and heat.?

Be seen: I would be seen. An exam and appropriate studies will usually determine the cause. Ligamentous injuries, such as an injury to the ACL can cause an unstable knee. If you are having a lot of trouble with pain running down your leg, it could also be coming from your back. In severe cases pinched nerves in the back can cause weakness in the muscles around the knee making it less stable. ...Read more

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If I sprained my knee how long do I ice it ann when do I put heat on it?

If I sprained my knee how long do I ice it ann when do I put heat on it?

If pain is relieved: Classic teaching is ice first and heat later. Fact is, both increase blood flow. That's why your face turns red equally when you go outside in heat or freezing. So, apply if it feels good and don't if it feels bad. Neither make it heal better of faster per any valid study. Avoid freezing or burning skin. Don't keep ice on if it hurts. ...Read more

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My right knee is heating up from the inside. It's not hot to the touch and it doesn't hurt at all.

My right knee is heating up from the inside. It's not hot to the touch and it doesn't hurt at all.

Hot knee??: The implication of a "hot" knee is that some sort of inflammatory process is going on. You can try using an anti- inflammatory such as ibuprofen for a few days and if you have felt no improvement go see your doc for a full history and examination. Good luck! ...Read more

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My knee is swollen and giving off heat. What should I do?

My knee is swollen and giving off heat. What should I do?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Should I put ice or heat on a painful swollen knee?

Should I put ice or heat on a painful swollen knee?

See below: If it is an acute injury, use ice. Otherwise, whatever makes you feel good will work. ...Read more

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What's better to ease the pain in my knees to do osteoarthritis heat or cold?

What's better to ease the pain in my knees to do osteoarthritis heat or cold?

Both: Alternate between heat and cold. Sometimes both are needed one to bring in blood flow, the other to cool down inflammation. ...Read more

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I have discomfort in my knees, it comes and goes. Usually after I apply heating pad on the knee, it feel better the next day. What can be it?

I have discomfort in my knees, it comes and goes. Usually after I apply heating pad on the knee, it feel better the next day. What can be it?

Can't say for sure: There can be many reasons- joint, cartilage but usually not both knees or soft tissue like Tendonitis or bursitis. If there is joint swelling suggests arthritis and be swelling from bursitis and tendinitis also. You need to see your physician to help clarify what the problem is. ...Read more

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I get pain in my knees daily, they are red but don't appear to be swollen. They also radiate heat. My last doctor had no idea of the problem. Ideas?

I get pain in my knees daily, they are red but don't appear to be swollen. They also radiate heat. My last doctor had no idea of the problem. Ideas?

Seek second opinion: There are a myriad of problems that can cause "red knees". You could have an infection in your skin, dermatological problems like psoriasis or you could even have gout. I would seek an opinion from an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation, possible blood work and/or imaging. ...Read more

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16days p-op arth. Knee plica w/ s. Men. Removal is a6/7 pain throbbing oozing (new)heat crutches bruising normal?

Not normal: If there is drainage or oozing from your incision you may have an infection and you need to be seen by your orthopedist or covering physician right away. ...Read more

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What is the difference in results of using a clay heat pack for knee stiffness v.S. Using a warm cloth bag of rice is one better than the other?

What is the difference in results of using a clay heat pack for knee stiffness v.S. Using a warm cloth bag of rice is one better than the other?

Both do the job but: Clay one may get too hot & cause burn. Clay's advantage, however, is that it retains heat longer than bag of rice does. Just have to be careful not to leave either one on too long (especially the clay one). Wrapping towel around it should help. ...Read more

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Should I ice or heat a two week old knee sprain?

Should I ice or heat a two week old knee sprain?

Whatever works...: Usually I tell my patients to utilize whatever modality works for them. ...Read more

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I have a very painful Baker's cyst behind my left knee. Which would be better-heat or ice?

I have a very painful Baker's cyst behind my left knee. Which would be better-heat or ice?

Usually moist heat: If there is a swelling I tend to prefer to use ice packs to shrink down the blood vessels thereby reducing the further loss of fluid.
For pain I advise to use heat since this will expand the blood vessels and bring in more fresh blood and remove the pain products by increasing the circulation ...Read more

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I thought I pulled my hamstring last week so I elevated & heat packed it and this morning I felt something pop behind my knee what is it? Can u help

First of all, ICE-: -not heat. Depends also if the pop was in the same area that hurt when U "pulled " it. If it is & the pain is more severe & interferes with walking or standing, it could B an avulsion of the attachment @ the knee, which is a much more serious injury & frequently requires surgery. ...Read more