Immediate first aid

What should I do for a knee injury and when should I see a doctor? All acute and chronic knee injuries should be treated using the P.R.I.C.E. principle (protection, rest, ice, compression & elevation). This should be applied at home for at least the first 2 - 3 days. First, protect the knee injury from further damage. Stop training or playing immediately and apply a cold therapy and compression wrap. Where applicable, use a knee support or brace.

Rest - Refrain from exercise and try to reduce the demands of your daily activity to encourage recovery. It does not only refer to the prolonged period of time that the athlete will be out of action but also to the immediate period after the injury. An athlete must know when to stop training and allow the injured area to heal otherwise repetitive minor injuries can often result in a more severe injury that keeps the athlete out for much longer.

Ice - The topical application of ice or cold therapy to the area of the knee injury/swelling can assist in reducing the symptoms of pain and inflammation.

Compression - The use of a compression support or compression bandages to the knee can help reduce swelling.

Elevation - Keeping the knee elevated above heart level whenever possible to help reduce swelling due to the effects of gravity.

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