After an Injury
I’ve hurt my knee.
I don’t think it’s broken, but what should I do?
If you have not done so already, please give our office a call to schedule an appointment. Our offices typically have same- and next day availability, with the exception of weekends and holidays. Early assessment of the injury can improve your rehabilitation and recovery.
Between your time of injury and your appointment, here are a few helpful tips on what to do, in order to keep you ahead of the curve!
- While keeping your knee moving is important, it is also important to know your limitations. If a certain activity significantly increases your pain, or makes your knee unstable, try to avoid it.
- Ice helps to relieve the pain from injury and it can help prevent/reduce swelling.
- Wrapping your knee with an elastic (i.e. ACE™) bandage can help relieve some of the swelling in your knee. When wrapping, start approximately 6 inches below the center of the knee, and work your way up, approximately 6 inches above the knee.
- Elevating the injured leg above the level of the heart can also help alleviate some swelling that you may be experiencing
Range of motion exercises
- Moving your knee early on can help prevent stiffness
Over the counter pain medication
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (i.e. Advil® or Motrin®) or naproxen (i.e. Aleve®)
- Or acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol®)
- Take as needed according to manufacturer’s instructions