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    Swollen knee after wearing brace
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    M_U posted:
    know this is kinda off topic, but has anyone had problems with their knee swelling after wearing a brace? I went to the ER today, turns out I pulled some ligaments in my knee. The doc gave me a brace. I wore it for about 2 hours while a ran an errand. When I got home, my knee was more swollen then when I went in. Is this normal? Any clues, hints, suggestions?

    Thanks,

    M_U
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    _swank_ responded:
    It's normal for a knee to swell after an injury, period. The fact that you suffered an injury and then went off and ran errands is a good reason for it to swell whether you're wearing a brace or not. You should have gone home and elevated and iced your knee if you wanted to keep swelling down. That being said, wearing a brace on a knee is not always the best idea. Sometimes they are better off without. You need to follow up with an orthopedic surgeon asap. A diagnosis of "pulled ligaments" is meaningless since there are 4 ligaments in your knee and several other things that can get torn. The ER is not the place to get this sort of thing diagnosed. They were likely just guessing.
     
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    M_U replied to _swank_'s response:
    Thanks for the info. I did some research and fortunately it's only a level 1 sprain of the LCL, MCL and Miniscus and a strain of the quad tendon. I really lucked out this time. I will follow up with my PCP ad see if I can get a referral to Ortho. Unfortunately I'm reliant on a county medical system and won't get into Ortho for a few months.

    Thanks again,

    M_U
     
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    _swank_ replied to M_U's response:
    I'd be interested to know what kind of research led you to that diagnosis. It's not really something that can be diagnosed by doing research. And you don't really sprain a meniscus. A meniscus is a cartilage, not ligaments, and it will only tear. A torn meniscus can be bad because they cannot heal due to the lack of a blood supply. I tore my ACL in half but the more devastating injury was the torn meniscus which eventually led to a knee replacement.


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