Swollen Knee

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Knee swelling is a common problem and could be caused by any number of conditions or injury. Dr. Edward Hill discusses knee swelling in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A swollen knee occurs when excess fluid accumulates in or around your knee joint. Your doctor might refer to this condition as an effusion in your knee joint. Some people call this condition water on the knee.

A swollen knee may be the result of trauma, overuse injuries, or an underlying disease or condition. To determine the cause of the swelling, your doctor might need to obtain a sample of the fluid to test for infection, disease or injury.

Signs and symptoms typically include:

Swelling. The skin around your kneecap can puff up noticeably.

Stiffness. When your knee joint contains excess fluid, you might not be able to bend or straighten your leg completely, and

Pain. Depending on the cause of the fluid buildup, the knee might be very painful to the point that its difficult to put weight on it.

Removing some of the fluid also helps reduce the pain and stiffness associated with the swelling. Once the underlying cause is determined, appropriate treatment can begin.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.