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Swollen knee due to injury - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I fell on my knee a week ago and it hurts, but I still can walk on it, bend it, etc. But today my calf seems to be swollen and hurts more too.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   ok
Doctor :   Is there any pain?
Doctor :   Is there any swelling in the knee?
User :   Yes, in my calf and a little in my knee.
Doctor :   Is there any pain in Knee ?
User :   A little, more in the calf.
User :   I feel directly on my knee
Doctor :   How?
User :   A little swelling in the knee
Doctor :   ok
User :   Slipped in the rain
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Was there any bend in knee when you fell?
User :   what do you think?
User :   Yes, I feel on it and it was bent.
User :   fell
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I think there is a knee strain
Doctor :   I do not think there is any fracture
User :   I can still bend it, walk on it, etc.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Because you are able to walk and it is just slip
User :   I slipped and fell on it very hard.
Doctor :   There are ligaments around the knee and which gets strained and gives swelling and pain in knee and around the kneee
User :   Do you think I sprained a ligament? Why would my calf be swollen?
Doctor :   because u r moving the knee in all directions I do not think of any great tear of
User :   good.
Doctor :   What do yo think sprain means
Doctor :   it is just bruising of the ligaments
User :   ok. Why would my calf be swollen?
User :   if it is a bruising of the ligament
Doctor :   But if the trauma is very big enough, there are chances of tears in those cases they can not walk
Doctor :   Knee joints extends into the upper part of calf
Doctor :   If there is any swelling it will spread into the calf
User :   Ok. I think since I can walk are you saying that it probably isn't a tear?
Doctor :   Yea
User :   ok. Could it be a blood clot after the fall?
User :   What should I do then if it is a bruise?
Doctor :   Use Ibuprofen 600mh three times a day that will decreas4e pain annd swelling
Doctor :   apply heat every 4 hrs
User :   ok. Thank you.
Doctor :   Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers, heating pads
Doctor :   Massage gently and often to provide comfort and decrease swelling.
Doctor :   Wrap the injured knee with an elasticized bandage between treatments.
User :   ok
Doctor :   If the swelling persist after 7 wk call your doctor
Doctor :   Also call your doctor if the pain and swelling gets worse inspite of these measures
User :   7 days or weeks?
Doctor :   sorry 7 days
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions?
User :   ok. I will, it has been 7 days since the accident!
Doctor :   if you still has swelling and pain not controlled consult doctor
User :   ok
User :   bye
Doctor :   he will get an x ray of knee and examine knee for any possible ligament injury
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting
Doctor :   Bye
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