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Swollen knee joint due to injury - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi, my 11 year old daughter's left knee is swollen. we are not sure exactly how it happened, but think it was just from a direct impact injury (either her hitting her knee against a wall or on the ice). It has been swollen since at least Sunday. It is soft to the touch like fluid is in the swollen area. it is swollen above and to the sides of her knee cap. We have been putting ice on it and elevating it and giving her ibuprofen. she is able to walk on it and even run on it some, but it starts to hurt if she runs too much on it. Should she go to the dr for further evaluation or is it something that should subside with continued home treatment?
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User :   ok
Doctor :   for the time being home therapy and rest would be fine
Doctor :   rest is very important
Doctor :   do not let her run around too much
Doctor :   the more she runs around, more the damage to the joint will occur
Doctor :   let her rest well for the next 4 days with the limb elevated
User :   ok, then if no improvement after that go to dr/
Doctor :   yes
User :   will the fluid go away on its own?
Doctor :   but as the history suggests, that she can bear her weight and run around, it does not seem that she may need any intervention at all
Doctor :   yes rest , if adequately given , will help to reduce the swelling
User :   ok, she is playing basketball and has kept playing and I know that has not helped it.
Doctor :   ice packs , rest, and limb elevation - are important
User :   does that just prolong the time for it too heal or can it cause more damage?
Doctor :   yes that will prolong the healing time
Doctor :   and also may cause further damage, if adequate healing has not occured
User :   ok, thanks
Doctor :   You are most welcome
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