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Swelling, bruising, numbness on knee after fall. Help

Ok mon... i tripped over somethinf and feel right on my left knee . I was really suprised bc it really didnt hurt like i was ezpexting to. The next morning woke up to swelling and a bit of bruising and noticed right on thre knee cap it felt numb. SoI relaxed and rested it for most of the day. The moring after that i got up to find the bruise was twice as big. Wrapping around to the backside of my knee and a fourth the way my calf and shin. I jump in showerto relax the the water runjing down my leg was the worts pain ever ... even burnng after anytime anything toouched my skin. Well sunday comes around and the bruise has been going away and it was really starting to feel bettet. I step out off bed to see that bruise has traveled down the rest of my shin almost to my ankle. Now i am forsure freaked out....
Asked On : Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on the description of symptoms, I suspect that you could have suffered a hematoma infront of the knee which might have tracked down along the fascial planes down into the leg.

The management of hematoma is as follows -

- Protect the injured area from further injury by using a support or splint
- Rest the injured joint . Avoid activity for the first 48 to 72 hours.
- Ice packing the painful area for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury. Apply ice wrapped in a damp towel to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours during the day
- Use an elastic compression bandage around the injured area to limit any swelling and movement that could damage it further. It should be wrapped snugly around the affected area but not so tightly that it restricts blood flow.
- Keep the injured area raised and supported on a pillow to help reduce swelling.
- Use simple analgesics like aleve or advil as needed.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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