Many causes of knee pain, especially those related to overuse or physical activity, respond well to self-care: Remember (RICE)
1)Rest and avoid activities that aggravate the pain, especially weight bearing activities.
2)Ice. First, apply it every hour for up to 15 minutes. After the first day, apply it at least 4 times per day.
3) Compress the knee gently by wearing an ace bandage or elastic sleeve. This may reduce swelling and provide support.
4)Elevate as much as possible to bring any swelling down.
Take acetaminophen(Tylenol) for pain or ibuprofen(Motrin) for pain and swelling.
Call Doctor Biehl's Office if:
You cannot bear weight on your knee.
You have severe pain, even when not bearing weight.
Your knee buckles, clicks, or locks.
Your knee is deformed or misshapen.
You have a fever, redness or warmth around the knee, or significant swelling.
You have pain, swelling, numbness, tingling, or bluish discoloration in the calf below the sore knee.
You still have pain after 3 days of home treatment.
Why go to the emergency room when you can go directly to the knee specialist?
Arthritis of the Knee
Three basic types of arthritis may affect the knee joint.
1. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of knee arthritis. OA is usually a slowly progressive degenerative disease in which the joint cartilage gradually wears away. It most often affects middle-aged and older people.
2. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory type of arthritis that can destroy the joint cartilage. RA can occur at any age. RA generally affects both knees.
3. Post-traumatic arthritis can develop after an injury to the knee. This type of arthritis is similar to osteoarthritis and may develop years after a fracture, ligament injury or meniscus tear.