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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.

    WebMD Medical Reference

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

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