Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

Employing R.I.C.E. — rest, ice, compression and elevation — can help speed recovery of mild to moderate joint injuries.

  • Rest. Stay off your injured knee and protect it from further damage. You might need crutches.
  • Ice. Apply ice packs to your knee for 20 to 30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days.
  • Compression. Wrap an elastic bandage around your knee.
  • Elevation. Lie down and place a pillow under your knee to help reduce swelling.
Nov. 15, 2016
References
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