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What are some tips to help with knee injuries?

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Mild to moderate problems often get better on their own. To speed the healing, you can:

�Rest your knee.�Take a few days off from intense activity.

�Ice it�to curb pain and swelling.

�Use an elastic bandage, straps, or sleeves to wrap your knee.�Elevate your knee�with a pillow under your heel when you're sitting or lying down to cut down on swelling.

�Take anti-inflammatory medications such ibuprofen or naproxen. Follow the instructions on the label.

�Do any stretching and strengthening exercises your doctor recommends. You may want to do physical therapy, too.

SOURCES:

JAMA: “For Some Injuries, It's All in the Name.”

American Family Physician: “Evaluation of Patients Presenting with Knee Pain: Part I. History, Physical Examination, Radiographs, and Laboratory Tests.” 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. 

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 3, 2020

SOURCES:

JAMA: “For Some Injuries, It's All in the Name.”

American Family Physician: “Evaluation of Patients Presenting with Knee Pain: Part I. History, Physical Examination, Radiographs, and Laboratory Tests.” 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. 

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on August 3, 2020

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