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Question:
I flew into Moscow 2 weeks ago, since then I have had pain in my left knee and it is somewhat swollen. I think I just hyper-extended it on the plane while sleeping. I have been taking Ibuprofen for it. It seems better some days and worse others..any suggestions. Also, I seem to be swelling more over here. Can you suggest something over-the-counter to help with this?
KS 
Answer:
The cause may well be as you assume and if the swelling is only limited to the knee then this explanation may be adequate; in which case rest and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and 'tincture of time' may be all that is needed. BUT we would urge you to go and see a doctor about this problem TODAY. The simple and safe explanation may not be correct; one has to think of the risk of developing a clot in the leg(s) during or after long-haul (and some short) flights. We do not know what other risk factors you may have for a DVT (deep venous thrombosis) but the history of recent travel and the fact that you mention you are seeing swelling 'over here' mean that you are prudently advised to see a doctor and have the other diagnostic possibilities checked. Disclaimer: These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.
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