Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Mild to moderate joint injuries often are helped by following the R.I.C.E. model — rest, ice, compression and elevation.

  • Rest. Stay off your injured knee and protect it from further damage. You may need to use 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.
Mar. 01, 2014