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What are some tips to help with knee pain?

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Your plan will depend on your specific injury. Mild to moderate issues will 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. Do it for 15 to 20 minutes every three to four hours. Keep doing it for two to three days or until the pain is gone.
  • Compress your knee. Use an elastic bandage, straps, or sleeves to wrap the joint. It will keep down swelling or add support.
  • 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. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen will help with pain and swelling. Follow the instructions on the label. These drugs can have side effects, so you should only use them now and then unless your doctor says otherwise.
  • Practice stretching and strengthening exercises if your doctor recommends them. You may want to do physical therapy, too.

From: What’s Causing My Knee Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2019

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

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

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

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

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