Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If your knee hurts, consider the following:

  • Pain relievers. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium may provide short-term pain relief.
  • Avoid activity that causes pain. You may need to practice your sport less often or temporarily switch to a lower impact sport. Working through pain can further damage your patellar tendon.
  • Ice. Apply ice after activity that causes pain. Place ice in a plastic bag and wrap the bag in a towel. Or try an ice massage. Freeze water in a plastic foam cup and hold the cup as you apply the ice directly to your skin.
Jan. 08, 2015