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Offline slim9999

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Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:01:56 PM »
Hi,

I get knee pain due to fluid build up in the knee, and there is also swelling behind the knee. MRI shows no tear whatsoever and reports states that theirs is no bakers cyst.

After doing hamstring and calf strengthening the pain reduces drastically, but the swelling behind the knee is still there. If I stop the excercises for a few days the pain comes back quickly. There is no pain behind the knee, but in the front. I have been fighting  this for almost a year now. Did anyone face  similar problem ?. Hoping to get some advise.

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Re: Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2017, 07:28:48 AM »
Can someone advise ?

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Re: Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2017, 11:23:39 AM »
Did you do anything to injure the knee or did it just start swelling for no reason? Ive also had swelling in my knee for about a year but mine is in the front part above the knee cap. I also have some pain but i think its mostly due to the swelling making it painful not from injury or tear. Ive had mri on my knee and i had zero tears, just knee effusion, which is fluid in the knee. I also had arthscopic on my knee which also confirmed there was no tears. I believe when the fluid is at the back of the knee it is usually called a Bakers Cyst but your mri says no baker cyst. It is possible that it could be a tear even though your mri doesnt say so because the mri is not 100% accurate. If it is not anything structurally wrong with ligments or muscles around the knee then it could possibly be auto immune related. Im going through this process my self. My knee has been swollen for a year and structural issues have been ruled out so now Im going to see a rheumatologist for it. If i were you I would go see an orthopedic specialist  about it first  to see what they say. An ortho dr can atleast remove the extra fluid and give you a cortisone injection. Sometimes that is all that is needed and it just goes away. You might also want to go see a rheaumatologist if they suspect it is auto immune related. Also, have you used any sort of medication on it that has worked?? Such as steriod prednisone packs or NSAID type anti inflammatorys like Ibuprofen??
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Re: Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2017, 02:24:41 PM »
Thanks for the detailed reply.

The injury actually started with Hamstring Strain (lower, closer to the knee), for which I did physiotherapy. Later started getting knee pain due to the swelling behind the knee, just below the area where the strain occurred. I think its got something to do with the hamstring or another part of the same leg, or even the lower back(have slight injury in the back), rather than the knee. Like you said there is fluid behind the knee, which affects the knee.

I have not taken a pain killers not anti-inflammatory so far. But I have given ample amount of rest to my knee, but that didn't make any difference. Hence i started strengthening my hamstring and calf (as well as doing cardio).  I am scheduled to meet an ortho tomorrow, who is specializing in sport injuries and arthroscopic surgery.

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Re: Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2017, 10:20:26 AM »
Sounds like its the hamstring then and not the knee. While you rest it you could try to put an ice pack on it to get the swelling down and take a few ibuprofen which might help . Also if you elevate your leg under some pillows while youre laying down and wrap it with an ace type bandage it might help with swelling. good luck.

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Re: Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2017, 01:00:03 PM »
Have you tried deep tissue massage through the Physio? Plus therapeutic ultrasound? Acupuncture? A sports physician should also recommend these before surgery (here in the uk they aren't surgeons). Arthroscopy is not benign, only go there if thebsxabs showbsonetjing definitive and you've exhausted all the conservative measures :)
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Re: Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2017, 06:06:35 AM »
I have tried deep tissue massage, but not after getting the swelling behind the knee. How often should I be doing the massage ? I have seen that strengthening the calf (and hamstring) reduces the pain considerably  in the knee, but the swelling behind the knee remain the same or increases just after doing the exercise.

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Re: Knee Pain and Swelling Behind the Knee
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2017, 08:53:17 AM »
What did the specialist say?
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
LK New MRI shows lat & medial meniscus tear & other stuff
RK MRI lat meniscus tear
8/1/15 RK Steroid jab,
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation

 















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