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Knee Pain

What Does a Knee Injury Feel Like?

Of course, the symptoms vary depending on your specific knee injury. But things to look out for are:

  • Pain, often when bending or straightening the knee
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the knee
  • Trouble with knee motion

If you have these symptoms, see your doctor. Together, you can figure out the cause. To diagnose what's causing your knee pain, your doctor will need to do a thorough exam. You may need X-rays or an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to see more detail of the joint.

What's the Treatment for Knee Pain?

Again, treatment for knee pain depends on your specific injury. Mild to moderate injuries that cause knee pain will often resolve on their own, given time. To speed the healing, you can:

  • Rest your knee. Give your knee a rest for a few days and avoid intense activity.
  • Ice your knee to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 15-20 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days or until the pain is gone.
  • Compress your knee. Use an elastic bandage, straps or sleeves to keep down swelling or add support.
  • Elevate your knee with a pillow under your heel when you're sitting or lying down to reduce swelling.
  • Take anti-inflammatory medications. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Advil, Aleve, or Motrin, will help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs can have side effects and should be used only occasionally, unless your doctor specifically says otherwise.
  • Practice stretching and strengthening exercises if your doctor recommends them.

To resolve some cases of knee pain, you may need a procedure. People with bursitis sometimes need to have excess fluid drawn from the knee. Injections can be given to settle down inflammation for arthritis. Surgery might be needed to reconstruct ligaments or address unstable cartilage injuries.

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