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Greetings Kim.Constant shooting and stinging pain in knee, worsening of pain in night time, swelling, etc indicate that it is more than just arthritis. The injury may have caused following;1) ligament injury (partial or complete tear); usually these give pain during weight bearing and a classical symptoms is instability of the joint.2) tendon rupture or sprain3) muscle rupture or strain4) bursitis5) combination of above6) hematoma formation (blood in tissue which occasionally may get infected).An MRI is essential for the exact ascertainment of the diagnosis and determination of the extent of the injury. Meanwhile following should help;1) Rest as much as possible.2) Knee brace3) Ibuprofen4) Other analgesic like hydrocodone.5) Deep electrotherapy done at physical therapy center.6) Mild physical therapy like stretching exercises.7) Mild massage.8) Acupuncture.9) Local analgesic cream.Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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