Call 911 if:
- The knee or leg looks deformed
- The person cannot bear weight on the leg
- The pain is excruciating
- There is immediate swelling, tingling, or numbness below the knee
1) Control the swelling
- Rest the knee
- Ice the area affected
- Compress the knee with a wrap or elastic knee
- Elevate the knee as much as possible
2) Treat Symptoms
For the pain, you can control it by taking over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
3) Calling Your Doctor
You should see a doctor after two weeks if your knee does not get better. Furthermore, if your knee becomes warm or if you have a fever with a painful, swollen knee, you need to seek medical treatment.
The doctor may perform X-rays or other types of imagining practices after examining the knee. The medical treatments available are anti-inflammatory drugs, draining fluid, physical therapy, crutches or braces, or surgery.