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Muscle wasting in the leg and swelling in the affected knee. what to do ?

Muscle wasting in the leg and swelling in the affected knee the query is regarding my father 67 yrs, m ,. he complains of a minor injury in the right knee some 10 years back.since then he has been pullin it on like that. now its aggravated to such a extent that i notice a lot of muscle wasting in the leg and swelling in the affected has acute pain , so much so that he cannot move or even get of the bed. pain relief is not been given at the moment coz of 44.4% kidney damage.suggest me what to do i have got a a.p and lateral view x ray done yesterday. please help
Asked On : Tue, 4 Jan 2011
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As you have mentioned that your father had some injury 10 years back, Probably it was some kind of soft tissue injury, which in the last 10 years developed Osteo-arthritis of the knee joint. Which in my views, is the cause of pain, Swelling & muscle wasting.
Now the most important is whether the knee has been damaged to the extent where total knee replacement is the only option left or any other modalities can be applied, it all depends on the physical examination & X-rays.
Consult an orthosurgeon as soon as possible. For the time being give him some pain-killer, Hot-cum-cold application, knee brace & comlete bed rest.
Take care.
Answered: Tue, 4 Jan 2011
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