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Dr. Arun Phophalia
Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
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Experience:  MBBS, MS (General Surgery), Fellowship in Sports Medicine
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On Dec. 28 I was bitten by a tick. It was burrowing in my

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On Dec. 28 I was bitten by a tick. It was burrowing in my knee. It was removed and as far as I can tell it came out intact. I have no rash, no red ring but four days later my knee is increasingly painful. It feels as if the patella itself is bruised the pain is that pronounced when pressure is applied. Bending the knee is very painful. I am assuming that this is a localized reaction. I want to make sure that I don't need to pursue medical treatment at this time.


Is there any swelling, warmth or tenderness?

Are you taking any oral medications for it?

Do you have flu like symptoms?

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No, I don't have flu sx nor is there warmth or tenderness as in a typical infection. But there is increasing tenderness on the knee - walking or bending the knee is painful. If I apply even light pressure to the kneecap to the point that I am "touching" bone the knee cap itself is very tender.


The rule is to see a physician if there is a joint pain and inflammation. Please see the resource under the heading, "See your doctor if you develop:"

So consulting a physician would be prudent.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you - I'll go to our Prompt Care today. Happy New Year!

You are most welcome.

Happy new year.

Dr. Arun