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What can cause knee swelling?

Mary Wessinger
Neonatal Nursing Specialist

Swelling of the knee can be caused by gout. An x-ray should be done first to rule out arthritis, and then a blood uric acid level should be drawn. The swelling is in the soft tissue which causes pain when the normal ROM movements are done. This can be very painful, and there is something in cherries that help this. Raw cherries are the best, and work very fast. You need to eat them in the morning and in the evening. Mother Nature is much less expensive than what man has created.

Dr. Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN
Emergency Room Nursing Specialist

Swelling in the knee can be an indicator of injury or disease process. When swelling comes on suddenly, and with pain, the most likely cause is injury. The injury may be to the meniscus, or cartilage, a ligament, the bone or the cartilage covering the bone.

Injury is more likely to occur with activity. The activity may be that of daily living, or one with more intensity (exercise related). 

Dr. Vonda Wright, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
The common causes of chronic knee swelling are arthritis and chronic meniscus tear. Acute knee swelling is due to meniscus tear, ACL/PCL tear or fracture.

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