Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you choose nonsurgical treatment for your ACL injury, you should avoid future participation in sports activities that involve a lot of cutting, pivoting or jumping.

Self-care treatments you can do at home include:

  • Rest. Use crutches to avoid full weight bearing on your knee after your ACL injury.
  • Ice. When you're awake, try to ice your knee at least every two hours for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Compression. Wrap an elastic bandage or compression wrap around your knee.
  • Elevation. Lie down with your knee propped up on pillows.
Jan. 04, 2013