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    Fluid on my knee

    Yesterday, while taking a break, I noticed my right knee looked a little swollen, and upon closer examination I discovered this pocket (maybe 1/2 cup) of fluid around my knee. Sort of like a small limp water balloon when I stand up. I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this phenomenon and what to do about it.

    I was just riding along, felt nothing unusual at the time. There does seem to be some inflamation in the joint now, which I have been treating with Etodolac, an NSAID. I guess I need to get the fluid drawn off, for starters.
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    Could be inflammation, could be something more serious like a torn meniscus. If causing discomfort, a drain/cortisone shot may help short-term. See an orthopedist.

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    I believe it's a case of what used to be called "housemaids knees", or bursitis. There is no inflammation, no pain, and the fluid volume is decreasing slowly. I have talked to several people who went through it, and who recommended not getting the fluid drawn unless it is hindering knee movement, which it is not. Seems like a very mild case, compared to what some others have experienced. I have been taking it a bit easy on it though, not biking or hiking, or carrying heavy loads.
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    I had a pretty bad case of bursitis a few years ago. Caused by taking a knee, while wearing a very heavy backpack, for long periods of time.

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    Le Duke- Did you have any lasting effects from it?
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    Not on that knee, no.

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    Had bursitis several times in my post surgery knee and one elbow. If you whack your joint you'll likely get it if you aren't sensible and keep on riding like I did! Anyways, rest and ice and ibuprofen really help. I whacked the same knee again about two months later and it took months to get better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    I had a pretty bad case of bursitis a few years ago. Caused by taking a knee, while wearing a very heavy backpack, for long periods of time.

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    I'm more concerned if I DON'T have a little fluid on my knees

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