Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Meniscus Knee Injury Home Care

Home care for a meniscus knee injury includes:

  • Apply a cold compress:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Elevate your knee.
    • Above your heart if possible.
  • Apply an elastic wrap to knee.
    • Re-wrap the knee every 6 hours.
  • Rest the injury.
    • Use a walker.
    • Use crutches.
    • Use a cane.
  • Apply a knee cast or splint.
    • The splint may help protect the knee.
  • Knee exercises
    • Start exercises after 3 days.
    • Gradually increase your activity over 1-2 weeks.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Learn everything you can about meniscus knee injury:
    • The more you know about your condition, the easier it will be to participate with your doctor in making treatment decisions.
    • Ask your doctor about good sources for information.
    • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

For more information:

Meniscus Knee Injury Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a meniscus knee injury and develop any of the following:

Continue to Meniscus Knee Injury Complications

Last Updated: Mar 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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