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?
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