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Q. After a fall, my knee hurts when I kneel. Is there anything to worry?

Answered by
Dr. Atul Prakash
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 07, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jun 28, 2019

Hi doctor,

I fell on a cement sidewalk about two months ago, and my knee is still bruised. Although it does not hurt while doing normal activities, it hurts tremendously when I kneel or when I accidentally brush my knee against anything. Please help.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You described that the pain gets worse on kneeling (direct pressure), which means two or three things:

  1. Following the fall, you may have either have had a bone bruise, which is still tender to touch.
  2. A subperiosteal hematoma, which can be quite tender.
  3. Or you may have damaged a nerve that may now be irritable. Localized nerve swelling is tender too.

I suggest you try the following:

  1. Try icing the area 15 to 20 minutes at a time, 3 to 5 times a day to desensitize the area.
  2. Apply a local NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) gel.

Finally, seek the help of a physiotherapist to get local ultrasound therapy to desensitize the area.

For more information consult an orthopaedician and traumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/orthopaedician-and-traumatologist


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