Lifestyle and home remediesBy 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.
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