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Painful, hard lump with bruising post hit on the knee. What should be done?

My girlfriend hit her knee really hard on a very sharp corner of the coffee table and now theres a hard, painful lump... it lools like a piece of knee cap is sticking up. Sheis starting to bruise around the lump and the skin is broken but not bleeding . She says her whole leg is starting to hurt and she cant move it.What should we do?
Asked On : Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture. . Large lump might be due to haematoma formation(collection of blood) from rupture of microvasculature or from bleeding fracture ends.

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

In the interim,apply ice packs to the affected area,anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid putting weight and rest well.

I hope this is helpful to you.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Thu, 31 Jan 2013
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