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Out of the blue, I developed water on my knee about 2 weeks ago. My knee doesn't hurt, except for the discomfort of it being swollen.
This happened once about 25 years ago - my MD wanted to drain it using a needle. I went to my chiro and he did some type of ultra-sound (?) treatment with a little hand held device and -boop- water went away.
I've since moved, have a chiro appt. Thursday, but I don't know if my new chiro can help with this. I'll see though!
Does anyone have any ideas other than using a needle. It's just not going away on its own even with keeping it elevated. Thanks! *‹*
09-09-2009, 06:31 AM
I have NO idea....just "Bumping this up for you". Hope you find the right solution and the Water leaves. I know its probably a MIND thing rather than being painful.
Thanks spicyfull :)
You're right, it's not painful per se, just uncomfortable. And I can't bend it all the way so it's impacting my exercise. My appt. is tomorrow, so I'm hopeful my chiro may be able to help. If he can't, I do have a great holistic MD... *‹*
09-09-2009, 09:08 PM
I am experiencing something similar since I started training hard for a triathlon.
To what extent are you ELEVATING your knee?
My physical therapist prescribed the following "elevation plan" and it has helped:
(1) Lie on you back in the center of a standard doorway.
(2) Place the "bad knee" leg all the way up the frame of the doorway as far as you can reach while remaining flat on your back.
(3) Keep your other leg flat on the floor.
(4) Stay there for 15 minutes. (I took the phone and a book with me to the floor)
(5) Do this twice a day.
(6) In addition, keep the knee elevated as much as possible at other times.
This has really helped decrease the "fluid sac" on my kneecap. There is no way I am having a needle stuck in my knee :eek:
Wow - thank you revdrcyn! No, I wasn't elevating my knee to that extent and I appreciate you posting. This makes sense - thanks again. *‹*
09-10-2009, 05:50 AM
MSM Cream (with Cetyl Myristoleate) by Rich Distributing was VERY helpful - did the trick- for me. If you can't find it at your local HFS or Naturopath's Office, you can order it online from Rich Distributing. My shipments always arrive quickly.
My husband has had his knee drained twice. He thought it was great. He claims...it didn't hurt. He also expressed relief from the pressure.
Of course, this is the same man who thinks it is great to go to the dentist.
Draining his knee sure didn't slow him down. He walked out of the office and went right on with his day.
Let us know what works for you.
Thanks livin ~ I'm going to Google it right now.
Thank you too Myca ~ I got a good snicker out of "Of course, this is the same man who thinks it is great to go to the dentist." Ha!!
I see my chiro this afternoon, so I'm hopeful! *‹*
09-19-2009, 10:50 PM
So, Deb, how's that knee doing?
So, Deb, how's that knee doing?
Well, that was nice of you to ask! I went to my chiropractor and asked about the ultra sound treatment and he explained he's not allowed to do that in WA state, but he wrote me a referral to a physical therapist (who can do it).
I made an appt. the following day and received the treatment plus some others too. Then the following day we left on vacation and I'm afraid my knee didn't get much of a rest!
It's still swollen, but better than it was. I'm going to give it another few days and if need be I'll make another physical therapy appointment. I guess it's taking me a little longer to bounce back than it did the last time when I was in my 20s! ha! *‹*
09-23-2009, 01:38 AM
The needle is really not bad. I had to have it done years ago. My left knee would subluxate (sp?) meaning it would pop out of place and back in. As a result there is plenty of torn cartilidge and something else. A tendon or something else is torn. Can't remember. Had it looked at many years ago. Many Drs. since and I've been given a new diagnosis as to why that was happening. Not sure. But since being treated by that Dr. have only had it happen once. Used to be a common occurance.
Anyway... Once, the swelling was so bad I went to the Dr. Dr. suffered from this same thing himself. He drained it and I was fine. For a while. Got in my car and started driving to a store where I was going to shop. Then got to thinking about it and in those days I was very needle phobic. Passed out after I got one ear pierced. They must have done the other while I was on the floor. I don't remember. Anyway... I began to feel woozy. There was some fast food place nearby with a drive thru. I went there, got a cold drink and began to feel better. The knee felt better right away and healed almost instantly after being drained.
Now many years later, I am a diabetic who uses insulin. That pretty much cured me of the needle phobia!
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