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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.
  • Elevate your knee higher than your heart.
  • Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
  • 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 your flexibility. It's important to follow your doctor's guidance to avoid a new or repeat injury.

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Last Updated: September 10, 2012
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