What can you do against excess fluid in your knee?
Excess fluid in the knee can be a very painful, and frustrating complaint. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to get rid of this complaint. In this blog, we're going to discuss excess fluid in the knee joint, how to recognize it, what the complaints are and how to cure it.
What's excess fluid in the knee joint?
Fluid in the knee can occur as a result of an injury to your knee that causes fluid to accumulate within the knee. Sometimes there is so much fluid that it has to be removed through surgery.
How can you recognize excess fluid in the knee joint?
Fluid in the knee can be easily recognized by comparing the knee in question with your other knee. Are there swellings around the kneecap or on the sides of the knee? If so, you may have excessive fluid in the knee joint.
When you stretch your leg, and it causes an uncomfortable feeling, you might have an injury. Further, check whether you can load your leg in a normal way. Is this not the case? Then it is wise to visit your doctor. You may be suffering from conditions such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, infection, bursitis, overuse irritation, torn knee ligament or cartilage. These are injuries that can cause excessive fluid in the knee.
Your doctor will perform a joint puncture, taking fluid from the knee joint. An X-ray will also be taken, and your knee will probably be injected to try and reduce the swelling.
Once this is done, it is a good idea to see a physiotherapist, who will prescribe exercises to help you rehabilitate. Wearing knee braces, knee pads or sports tape also helps to reduce swelling. You can order these products from Podobrace. Podobrace only has products for sale that have been carefully selected by our physiotherapists and that really help to reduce your complaint.
Finally, of course, it is essential to get enough rest to give your knee time to recover.