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Knee Injury Treatment

Call 911 if:

  • The knee or leg bones look deformed.
  • The person can't bear weight on the leg.
  • The pain is extreme.
  • There is immediate swelling, tingling, or numbness below the knee.

  • The knee or leg bones look deformed.
  • The person can't bear weight on the leg.
  • The pain is extreme.
  • 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

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.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 12, 2015

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