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2 weeks ago I slipped and fell on my kitchen

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Posted on Mon, 18 Feb 2019
Question: 2 weeks ago I slipped and fell on my kitchen floor. Since then I have had pain on the outside of my knee, left leg and an ache down the outside of my left leg. It is not debilitating but it does hurt continually and aches especially at the end of the day when walking on it. How should I treat it?
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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (54 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please follow the advice, observe how you stay afterwards...

Detailed Answer:
Hello there,
Welcome to 'Ask A Doctor' service...
I've gone through your query...

Well, it seems like a recent onset injury only...just keep observing the left leg for any excessively increasing swelling/skin-nail discolouration in-and-around and any decreased sensation over the area...these are the most concerning symptoms which may indicate a deeper injury/underlying fracture...in that case, a prompt X-ray is needed along with an Orthopedic's review...

However, for now, I'd suggest keeping the feet elevated...

Along with it, and most importantly, you need to give the affected leg rest...Don't involve into any strenuous activities for the time being...Avoid too much moving around also...

Alternate hot-cold compression over the area twice to thrice daily would be helpful...

For pain, taking round the clock pain-killer such as Acetaminophen/Tylenol (650mg three times daily after food) or Ibuprofen 400mg twice daily after food for the next 3-4 days would be beneficial...

However, if despite following these, there's a persistent increase in pain/any progressive swelling-redness/weakness then better not to wait any longer and get it examined by any Orthopedician along with getting the X-ray done...

Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take Care
Kind Regards


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Follow up: Dr. Arnab Banerjee (2 days later)
Should the ice and heat packs be alternated in the same sitting or should there be time in between?
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Answered by Dr. Arnab Banerjee (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
it should be alternated in the same sitting only...

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back,

Yes, it should be applied alternatively in the same sitting only...kindly also avoid any form of vigorous massaging over the affected area...

Along with it, please follow all other bits of advice detailed earlier...

Take Care
Kind Regards


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2 weeks ago I slipped and fell on my kitchen

Brief Answer: Please follow the advice, observe how you stay afterwards... Detailed Answer: Hello there, Welcome to 'Ask A Doctor' service... I've gone through your query... Well, it seems like a recent onset injury only...just keep observing the left leg for any excessively increasing swelling/skin-nail discolouration in-and-around and any decreased sensation over the area...these are the most concerning symptoms which may indicate a deeper injury/underlying fracture...in that case, a prompt X-ray is needed along with an Orthopedic's review... However, for now, I'd suggest keeping the feet elevated... Along with it, and most importantly, you need to give the affected leg rest...Don't involve into any strenuous activities for the time being...Avoid too much moving around also... Alternate hot-cold compression over the area twice to thrice daily would be helpful... For pain, taking round the clock pain-killer such as Acetaminophen/Tylenol (650mg three times daily after food) or Ibuprofen 400mg twice daily after food for the next 3-4 days would be beneficial... However, if despite following these, there's a persistent increase in pain/any progressive swelling-redness/weakness then better not to wait any longer and get it examined by any Orthopedician along with getting the X-ray done... Let me know if I can assist you further. Take Care Kind Regards