I recently injured my leg by a fall and I now am experiencing a lot of swelling above knee on my lower thigh what can cause this, I have pain in knee?

Knee injury. Perhaps you sustained an injury to your muscle or bled into the muscle or even sustained a fracture. Lots of possible causes of painful swelling above the knee. Best to go see your family doctor for an evaluation, diagnosis & treatment.

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Is it possible for knee pain/swelling to now start also causing pain up thighs and painful lower back - or are they 2 totally different things?

Possibly. Painful knees can cause you to alter your gait. Often the altered gait can then lead to hip and/or back pain. Read more...
Probably back issue. This is likely a manifestation coming from your backand radiating to your knees and not the other way around. Motor and sensory testing would help differentiate. Physical therapy will likely help you. Read more...
Many possibilities. The knee is an important weight bearing joint with a complex inner and outer structure. Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, and metabolic conditions. Read more...

He hit L knee on the ground 10 weeks ago, resolved partly. Now swelling, pain at left of patella after each basketball practice. What evaluation.....?

Knee sprain/strain. You will need to see an Orthopedist for an exam to determine stability.An MRI should reveal what structures are injured.I would suggest reducing strenuous activity that causes significant pain or swelling until diagnosis is made..Use 20 minutes of ice and an Ace bandage for acute swelling/pain.You may also take Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain or Motrin/Aleve for pain/inflamation. Read more...
Torn lateral retinaculum. U most likely have torn some of the lateral retinaculum and attachment of the vastus lateralisby You . . should have an MRI of the knee with dye ( assuming u have had a full spectrum of knee xrays) . Once MRI is performed see if a knee specialist right away. Read more...
Pre-patellar bursitis. Trauma to the top of the knee cap can easily result in injury to the pre-patellar bursa with activity-related intermittent swelling that can look like a golf ball about the crown of the knee. The bursal tissue is a fluid making machine if traumatized. If this does not resolve with rest, compression and NSAIDS, a rarely needed bursectomy (bursal removal) can be indicated. Read more...
It may B related 2-- --the lateral retinaculum . U may have sustained a patellar subluxation with tear of the lateral retinaculum, it healed in Ur period of rest, but is somewhat incompetent now & due 2 the resultant mal alignment causes the pain & swelling. An MRI will B a good idea, especially after 1 of the episodes or shortly thereafter. This will give an orthopedic surgeon a good view of Ur alignment as well as any edema in the retinaculum. It's a good idea that U R going 2 a specialist, it should B a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. That's the best I can do Good Luck! Read more...
Orthopaedic Surgery consult. 17 year old gentleman with knee pain s/p fall onto knee 10 w during football with initial swelling and pain that resolved and now exacerbated by basketball. Pain localized to lateral patella versus lateral patellofemoral ligament/retinaculum versus lateral meniscus. This gentleman also has significant pain in the inferior pole of the patella worse with flexion, not extension. I believe you have several things going on. The fact that your knee had significant pain and swelling after the football injury indicates that you may have sustained a minimally displaced fracture of the lateral patella. The pain in the inferior pole of your patella may be Sinding-Larsen-Johannson syndrome/ osteochondrosis of the inferior pole of the patella. You need a full exam by an orthopaedic surgeon, imaging of your patella, and ultrasound of your patellar tendon. Your orthopaedic surgeon may want to fix any patellar fracture nonunion or stress fracture using rigid fixation. Good luck. Read more...
Retinaculum. A detailed exam would likely reveal the cause; if any question, an MRI may be helpful. He could potentially have injured his patellar tendon or medial retinaculum or may have a symptomatic plica among numerous possibilities. I would not hesitate to have him seen. Read more...
Patella. If you have not been evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon at this point it may be wise to undergo an evaluation in which they would have the ability to take x-rays to see if there is any type of bony disruption, An MRI may be warranted to see if there is a contusion to the patella with edema which could be a source of persistent pain and discomfort. A course of physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications may also be of benefit with avoidance of activities such as basketball and football to allow the area to rest for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Read more...
Acute sympathetic dystrophy. This is an unusual condition mostly reported in adults. An injury to a joint as described is followed by severe pain and swelling that goes on indefinitely. It goes by this name because the sympathetic nervous system is involved. It is often mistaken for arthritis and is sometimes treated by encasing in plaster that does not do any good. It is really a metabolic condition. If sugar, carbonated beverages and/or junk food figures high in your diet, get rid of it all and start taking a well-rounded multivitamin as a supplement.I would suggest that you look up the title of the disease online, but don't expect to find any information in regard to diet. It is classified as being of unknown cause. Also look up Sudeck's atrophy in association with this. Read more...
Patella maltracking. If healing occurred from initial injury, it is possible that he has lost patellar stability and is creating irritation with continued basketball starts, twists, and sudden stops. Clinical exam should aid this diagnosis. Also a meniscal tear is possible. If MRI has not been done, get one for diagnosis. It will aid the specialist anyway. Patellar suspension sleeve can be tried in the short run. Read more...
Xray. You need an Xray and possibly an MRI to make the correct diagnosis. You could have a healing fracture, meniscus injury or collateral ligament sprain. Read more...