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Knee swollen after bumping into car. Will swelling go on its own?

My left knee swells to the right of the knee cap, a little below and to the left after standing a while cooking, for example. If I squat down if feels like I have a pillow in there not allowing me to bend the knee comfortably or completely. The only thing that I can think of is that last week I bumped into a car from behind. Nothing happened to either car, but I maybe the position my left leg was in and the reaction to stopping the car might have caused this swelling of the knee????? My left leg hurt a bit in the evening but by the thigh. The next day though I started noticing some swelling in the knee. I thought it would pass, but last night while cooking I started feeling the swelling and this morning after getting up, it began swelling a bit. It s the norm. Thanks for any help you can give me. :)
Asked On : Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi and welcome to HCM

From description it seems to be soft tissue injury . Swelling might be due to haematoma formation(collection of blood). You need to avoid massaging the area and take a mild pain killer for relief. Avoid sitting for long hours. Do a cold compress on the area of injury.
The pain and swelling might take over a week to subside. In case there is an acute pain and a sudden increase in swelling then consult your physician for a direct examination to rule out any infection in the area.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and informative and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care.
Answered: Tue, 17 Sep 2013
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