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Fluid in the knee after injury. Will it heal of its own? Occasional pain, crackles and popping sound in the knee

About 7 years ago, I fell and injured my right knee . I ve had fluid on that knee ever since, that I have left untreated. Today, I took another fall, and skinned up my right knee again. It first started bleeding , but then it started leaking a yellow liquid. I didn t go see a doctor, because it didn t seem necessary. But I m a tad concerned that injuring the same knee with fluid on it again might cause some serious problems in the future if left untreated. Do you think it s necessary I visit a doctor soon? Or do you think, like most skinned knees, it will heal up in a few days? Like I said, I have had the fluid on the knee for 7 years. I ve had no problems other than an occasional ache and pain, especially in cold weather.. and it crackles and pops when I bend down. But other than that, it hasn t been unbearable. Just need to know if this new injury is going to require a doctor visit.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Jun 2012
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from what you describe it sounds although you may have a meniscal tear in your knee. this would explain the ongoing swelling since your first injury and the cracking and popping sensation in your knee. your symptoms if this is the diagnosis will fluctuate. if they become significant then you may want to ask your dr for an MRI scan to confirm the diagnosis. symptomatic meniscal years can be treated with arthroscopic removal.
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