Injured Knee Treatment
Treatment for a knee injury depends on the type and severity of the injury. Treatment for a minor knee injury usually includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include crutches and an elastic wrap to the knee.
Treatment for a more serious knee injury may include the application of a knee splint or leg cast, and narcotic pain medications for pain. Treatment for a severe knee injury, such as a knee fracture or dislocation, often includes surgery to realign the bones.
Treatment options for a knee injury include:
- Wound care
- Cold compresses
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Elastic wrap the knee
- Elevate the knee
- Apply a knee cast or splint.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery for knee fracture or knee dislocation
- Physical therapy for knee injury
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Injured Knee Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for a knee injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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