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Hard lump above knee, stiff and numb leg, lifting weights. How can I remove it?

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hi i have a small hard lump above my knee and my leg feels stiff and feels numb when i lay down. i weigh 29o lbs and lift weights one day and do cardio on the other day which involve plyometric exercise. how can i remove it and be 100%
Posted Sat, 22 Sep 2012 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 35 minutes later
Thanks for posting your query.
A firm lump above knee ,which is visible & immobile suggests muscular or tendon swelling .

Such swellings become more prominent with the extension of leg.

When leg is bent, certain muscles become relaxed,so swelling becomes mobile & less prominent.

Bursae also appear as swelling around knee joint,but they are persistent ,soft generally don`t becomes tense and immobile with leg movement .

Since there is a numbness, the nerve involvement is likely. The other causes can be lipoma, neurofibroma or a sebaceous cyst.

Proper clinical examination & MRI can pinpoint the exact diagnosis & treatment can be planned accordingly.
I encourage you to consult an orthopedician for the same.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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Follow-up: Hard lump above knee, stiff and numb leg, lifting weights. How can I remove it? 19 minutes later
hi, what is normal treatment for this type of case, possibly.
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 43 minutes later
Thanks for writing again.
The treatment depends on the cause of the swelling. Most of the times a surgical resection of the mass is needed. If the swelling is related to bursae, then conservative treatment might be helpful.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
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