The Swollen Knee - Dr Ben Gooden
38 min

Dr Gooden is a fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in surgery of the hip and knee and Orthopaedic trauma. In this episode we talk about the swollen knee, a common condition that most young athletes will experience at some point.

 

A swollen knee can happen for a variety of reasons and is often managed fairly simply, however, sometimes it can be a more significant issue that requires further review and treatment. 

 

Here’s what we discuss in this episode:

  • Do swollen knees differ in presentation according to the age of the young athlete?
  • Has there been some sort of event that has caused the knee to swell?
  • Could this swelling be because of some other condition such as arthritis?
  • What types of structures could be injured to cause the knee to swell?
  • How soon after an injury where the knee swells should I seek treatment from a physio or Dr?
  • What sorts of things can help parents or coaches to decide if you should be seen immediately or you can wait a few days?
  • Should I get an x-ray, MRI or ultrasound of the knee?
  • CT scans of the knee should be avoided unless the need for this is explained very clearly
  • Swelling in the knee, is the knee’s cry for help – often this will settle
  • We talk about management of the swollen knee and where parents and coaches are best placed to get help for their young athletes.
  • A Physiotherapist or Sports Physician is often a good first port of call before seeing an orthopaedic surgeon
  • Orthopaedic Surgeons are also able to be used as an expert review as part of a team
  • Rare – but more serious knee issues that present as swollen knees
  • When should you use painkillers or anti-inflammatories?
  • The importance of managing the training loads of your young athlete
  • How challenging is it to teach perspective to young athletes about making decisions on their injury for their long term health
  • Encouraging young athletes to not push through injuries
  • Does the management of the swollen knee change with the truly elite young athlete?
  • What is the value of the various injury prevention programs that are out there?

 

Resources

 

Dr Ben Gooden

http://www.bengooden.com.au/dr-benjamin-gooden/

 

Injury Prevention

 

FIFA11+ Kids

https://www.fifamedicinediploma.com/lessons/prevention-fifa11-kids/

 

Netball Australia Knee Program

https://knee.netball.com.au/

 

CT Scans and Radiation Exposure

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/ctscansforkids

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/ct-scans-for-parents-and-carers

 

Young Athlete Podcast

https://www.youngathletepodcast.com/

 

Young Athlete Podcast on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/youngathletepodcast

 

Young Athlete Podcast on Twitter

https://twitter.com/youngathpodcast

 

Young Athlete Podcast on Instagram

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Bounce Physiotherapy | Bounce Exercise Clinic

https://bounceclinic.com.au/

 

 

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