Knee pain is a common recurring source of trouble in people of all age groups. There can be a number of causes for this pain. A sudden injury onset is often the cause of knee problems among athletes, those who spend time exercising in and out of the gym, and those in the workforce. Sometimes accidental injuries not requiring labor intensive actions occur in simple day to day life, while there are also other causes such as autoimmune diseases like arthritis.
For any problems in a knee, here are some simple things to watch out which may indicate an injury:
- pain in and around the knee
- tightness or swelling
- trouble or instability while walking
- knee locking
- inability to bend, straighten or extend the knee
According to WebMD, here are a few instructions that may help in the proper treatment of any knee injuries.
1. Control Swelling
Use the RICE method:
- Rest the knee.
- Ice the area.
- Compress with a wrap or elastic sleeve.
- Elevate the knee as much as possible.
2. Treat Symptoms
- For pain, give over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
3. When to Call a Doctor
- Make an appointment with a doctor if you still have pain after two weeks of home treatment, if the knee becomes warm, or if you have fever along with a painful, swollen knee.
4. Follow Up
- If you seek medical help, the doctor will examine the knee and may do X-rays or other methods of imaging. Medical treatments may include anti-inflammatory drugs, draining fluid, physical therapy, crutches, braces, or surgery.
At all times it is good to take precautions while taking part in any physical activity, such as stretching or warm ups. Pay close attention to your surroundings in order to avoid any injury.
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