There is immediate swelling, tingling, or numbness below the knee.
1. Control Swelling
Use the RICE method:
Rest the knee.
Ice the area.
Compress with a wrap or elastic sleeve.
Elevate the knee as much as possible.
2. Treat Symptoms
For pain, give over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
3. When to Call a Doctor
Make an appointment with a doctor if you still have pain after two weeks of home treatment, if the knee becomes warm, or if you have fever along with a painful, swollen knee.
4. Follow Up
If you seek medical help, the doctor will examine the knee and may do X-rays or other methods of imaging. Medical treatments may include anti-inflammatory drugs, draining fluid, physical therapy, crutches or braces, or surgery.