Knee Effusion

Knee effusion means you have fluid in your knee. The knee may be more difficult to bend and move.

HOME CARE

  • Use crutches or a brace as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Raise (elevate) your knee as much as possible.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • You may need to do strengthening exercises. Ask your doctor.

  • Continue with your normal diet and activities as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more puffiness (swelling) in your knee.

  • You see redness, puffiness, or have more pain in your knee.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You get a rash.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have a reaction to any medicine you are taking.

  • You have a lot of pain when you move your knee.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.