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Knee Symptoms

Swelling

If you have swelling of your knee for over 48 hours or the swelling produces intense pain not easily treated with normal over the counter pain medication, you should seek medical treatment immediately.

Swelling is one of the most common symptoms associated with the knee and it should be evaluated if it does not subside within 48 hours or the pain is intense and not controlled with normal pain relieving medications.

One of the most serious causes of swelling is infection. If you believe you have an infection, call for medical treatment immediately. Do not wait. Luckily, infection is not one of the most common causes of swelling.

One of the most common causes of swelling is arthritis. When your knee cartilage is worn down, it starts to cause chemical reactions in your knee causing swelling and pain. This type of swelling is usually associated with an increase in your activity.

Other causes of swelling include a meniscal tear, cruciate ligament tear (like the ACL), collateral ligament tear (like the MCL), bursitis and even tendonitis. Softening of your cartilage under your kneecap called chondromalacia patella may also cause swelling especially after kneeling or sitting with your knee bent.

Swelling can also occur, such as after a tear of your cruciate ligament, or collateral ligaments (ligaments on the side of your knee). This is associated with some kind of trauma.

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