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The physio recently told me I had some fluid on my knees...

The physio recently told me I had some fluid on my knees. It there something I can do to eliminate the fluid or is it there for a reason? I have stiff joints but no inflamation at the moment.

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The answer

Water on the knee occurs when excess fluid accumulates in or around the knee joint. There are many common causes for the swelling including arthritis, injury to the ligaments or meniscus, or when fluid collects in the bursa. A small amount of fluid exists in normal joints but depending on the underlying cause of the excess fluid build up determines how to best manage your symptoms. As most treatments for fluid on the knees are based on the cause of the condition, rather than a standard approach it’s important to discuss with your physiotherapist or GP further management options available to you based on your medical history and diagnosis.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses