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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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There, I was kneeling down all day yesterday working in

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HI there,
I was kneeling down all day yesterday working in the attic, my knee cap
has since become very inflamed and big, warm and tender to touch,
what is the normal recovery time for this sort of injury,
Regards John
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.

Hi John. We can continue after this if you'd like

This sounds like a sudden fairly severe attack of bursitis since there really wasn't any trauma involved like a twisting of your knee or an actual contusion from a fall.

For now, ice, elevation of the leg, ibuprofen, and topical capsaicin cream will help.

If you can rest the leg for a day or two that should be enough time for the swelling and pain to subside but if it doesn't get any better by that time you need to have a doctor look at it and get an x-ray since it's possible you've got a crack in your kneecap