Knee Sprain

ExitCare ImageA 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.

HOME CARE

  • 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 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

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

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • 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.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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