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Alternative namesSwelling of a joint; Knee swelling; Toe swelling; Finger swelling; Hip swelling
DefinitionSwelling occurs in the joints when fluid accumulates in the soft tissue, such as "water on the knee."
ConsiderationsJoint swelling may occur along with joint pain .
Home CareFor unexplained soft tissue joint swelling, contact your health care provider. Follow prescribed therapy to treat the underlying cause.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if any of the following occurs:
Your health care provider will obtain your medical history and will perform a physical examination .
Medical history questions documenting joint swelling may include the following:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include the following:
Update Date: 11/14/2002Thomas N. Joseph, M.D., Department of Orthopedic Surgery, NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT