What is the treatment? continued...
Your doctor may recommend physical therapy to increase range of motion and strengthen your quadriceps muscles and hamstrings.
- 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 (when you're awake) for the first 3 days after your injury or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.
- If your doctor recommended crutches or a brace, use them as directed.
- Prop up your knee on a pillow when you ice it or anytime you sit or lie down. Do this for about 3 days following your injury. Try to keep your knee above the level of your heart. This will help reduce swelling.
- Take anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce pain and swelling. These include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve). Read and follow all instructions on the label.
- Wear a brace, if your doctor recommends it, to support your knee while it heals. Wear it as directed.
- Do stretches or strength exercises as your doctor suggests.
When should you call your doctor?
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- You have severe or increasing pain.
- Your swelling is getting worse.
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you do not get better as expected.