Knee Sprain

A knee sprain happens when the bands of tissue that hold your knee bone together (ligaments) stretch too much or tear. This injury can take several weeks to heal.


  • Rest the injured area.

  • Slowly start using the joint as told by your doctor.

  • Use crutches as told. Do not put weight on your injured knee.

  • Reapply your elastic wrap every 3 to 4 hours.

  • Lie down for 24 hours. Raise (elevate) your injured knee to lessen puffiness (swelling).

  • 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.

  • Wear a splint, cast, or an elastic wrap as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.


  • Your bruising, puffiness, or pain gets worse.

  • You have cold, numb, or blue toes.

  • You have trouble walking.

  • Your pain is worse when you move your toes.

  • Your pain does not get better with medicine.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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