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Suggest medication for stress fracture

Hi, I am a 23 year old female and an ex gymnast, and now do trampolining a few times a week. 4 months ago I was diagnosed with a stress fracture to my spine (L5) and so am just rehabbing and getting back to sport. I also enjoy running and going to the gym. I recently noticed a protruding lump on my right knee, especially when I bend the knee. The lump appears on the lateral part if the knee along the joint line (according to my physio). It is quite a large lump and quite squishy to touch. The knee does not appear hot to touch or red. It has started to hurt in this area when running and jumping, quite a sharp pain, and aches after activity. I would like some advice as to what it could be and whether I could do any damage by carrying on with sport. I am a very active person and as I have been out for a long time with a back injury I don t want this to prevent me from getting back. Thank you, Amy
Mon, 18 Aug 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
I would recommend you to get MRI of the knee joint to confirm the diagnosis of this swelling. I believe it is lipoma or a meniscal cyst. If MRI shows it is nothing above the too then it may need a needle biopsy.
My experience says it is menisci cyst and it is most common due to meniscal tear working like a valve mechanism through which joint fluid can come out and it cannot go back. I would suggest you to get arthroscopic excision of the cyst.
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Suggest medication for stress fracture

I would recommend you to get MRI of the knee joint to confirm the diagnosis of this swelling. I believe it is lipoma or a meniscal cyst. If MRI shows it is nothing above the too then it may need a needle biopsy. My experience says it is menisci cyst and it is most common due to meniscal tear working like a valve mechanism through which joint fluid can come out and it cannot go back. I would suggest you to get arthroscopic excision of the cyst.