If you have recently injured your knee,
follow these first-aid steps to reduce pain and swelling:
Rest and reduce activity. Avoid motions or
positions that cause discomfort. Depending on your injury and pain, your doctor
may recommend crutches and a brace.
Put ice or a cold pack on your knee for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the next 3 days (when you are awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.
Follow your doctor's instructions for
rest and rehabilitation of your knee.
If the tear is minor and your symptoms go away, your doctor
may recommend a set of exercises to build up your quadriceps and hamstring
muscles and increase flexibility and strength. It's important to follow your
doctor's guidance to avoid a new or repeat injury.
is different and depends on many factors, including your doctor's particular
preferences. But here are some typical times for returning to activities after