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What is the difference between water on the knee and knee swelling?

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Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Same

Water on the knee might imply swelling within the joint.
Knee swelling might be inside or outside of the joint.

In brief: Same

Water on the knee might imply swelling within the joint.
Knee swelling might be inside or outside of the joint.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Dr. Audie Rolnick
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Dr. Jack Choueka
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Different locations

Fluid can be within the knee joint which is called a knee effusion.
This is usually comes from an injury. Knee swelling refers to the soft tissues around the knee and represents a more chronic condition.

In brief: Different locations

Fluid can be within the knee joint which is called a knee effusion.
This is usually comes from an injury. Knee swelling refers to the soft tissues around the knee and represents a more chronic condition.
Dr. Jack Choueka
Dr. Jack Choueka
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