Water on the Knee

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Water on the knee is a generic term used to describe knee swelling. This occurs when excess fluid accumulates either in or around the knee joint. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Water on the knee is a general term for excess fluid accumulation in or around your knee joint. Your doctor may refer to this condition as an effusion in your knee joint.

Water on the knee may be the result of trauma, overuse injuries, or an underlying disease or condition.

Signs and symptoms of water on the knee typically include:

Swelling. This swelling is most apparent when you compare the affected knee to the normal one.

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


Seek prompt medical attention if self-care measures or prescribed medications dont relieve the pain and swelling or the knee becomes red and feels warm to the touch as compared to your other knee.

Pain medications and procedures to remove fluid from the knee joint reduce the symptoms of water on the knee. Treatment varies for diseases and conditions causing water on the knee, but can include medication or surgery.

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