Swollen Knee Specialist

Crescent City Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Greater New Orleans, Metairie, LA

Have you noticed that your knee's swollen? Is it causing you pain? If so, then it's time to take a closer look at what could be wrong. A swollen knee indicates an underlying problem that needs to be addressed, and for patients in Metairie, Louisiana, the surgeons at Crescent City Orthopedics can help get to the bottom of the problem.

Swollen Knee Q & A

Crescent City Orthopedics

What are the symptoms of a knee injury?

If you've injured your knee, you may experience:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Bruising

All of these are signs that there's something wrong. If these symptoms don't go away in a few days, you'll want to have a doctor examine your knee.

What causes a knee to swell?

Swelling occurs when fluid builds up around the knee joint. Several factors can cause swelling, including:

  • Sports injury
  • Underlying disease or disorder, like arthritis
  • Overuse injury
  • Infection of the tissue in the knee

To pinpoint the cause of your swelling, you'll want to talk to a doctor as soon as you notice a problem.

When should someone see a doctor for a swollen knee?

If you're noticing that your knee is swelling, you may want to try self-care measures first. Ice and rest will often help the swelling go down and the pain to subside. However, you should make an appointment with Crescent City Orthopedics right away if you notice:

  • No improvement with the use of self-care measures
  • Inability to put any weight on the knee
  • Swelling that gets worse instead of better with rest
  • Redness or heat in the swollen knee

These are signs that something more serious is going on, and the sooner you get medical help, the better. If possible, avoid putting weight on your knee while waiting for your appointment.

What treatment is available for a swollen knee?

If your swollen knee doesn't resolve with ice and rest, it's a sign that you have something else going on. Often this is due to a fracture of one of the bones in or around the knee or a tear in the soft tissue of the knee.

Your doctor at Crescent City Orthopedics will find the underlying cause and create a treatment protocol that fits. Your treatment may include:

  • Immobilization of the knee to allow it to heal
  • Surgery to repair a tear
  • Physical therapy to strengthen the knee

The primary goal of treatment when you visit Crescent City Orthopedics is to restore normal function and teach you how to avoid re-injury. If your knee is swollen, make an appointment with Crescent City Orthopedics to get treatment from a team of caring and knowledgeable orthopedic surgeons.

What we offer

Services Offered and Conditions Treated