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KNEE EFFUSION in XRAY after ski-accident. How to treat?

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I had a ski accident. I fell and twisted my knee. No noise or cracking, just a sharp pain on the outside of the knee and leg. Had it checked and X-rayed. No tear, no break. Diagnosis: knee effusion. Two weeks ago.

I am going through physiotherapy, gradually, but some of the 'water' is still in the knee.It goes on and off during the day, and generally impair my walk. I still need crutches to more around.

I am a 55 year old male, athletic, 145 lbs, healthy.

What should I do about the 'water': if it will go, how long can I expect it to stay/should I consult a doctor again and conduct further tests (IRM)?

Thank you,


Category: Orthopedic Surgeon

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It looks from your details that you had suffered from a twisting injury of knee.There are chances that there may be some internal derangement of internal structures.This should be put in differential diagnosis in cases where there is history of giving away at knee,history of locking or difficulty in folding at knee. It looks that you are not having any one of them.In that case please do not strain your knee for at least 3 weeks.
Hope this will helps,
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Dr. Mukesh Tiwari
Category: Spine Surgeon
Fellowship - Khandaka Hospital, Jaipur
Residency - MS, Rabindranath Tagore Medical College, Udaipur, 2000
Medical School, Internship - MBBS, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, 1995
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