Hello. When did you injure the knee? Where does it hurt when you try to bend it?
Is the knee red or hot?
What medications have you tried for the pain?
You need an anti-inflammatory. Do you tolerate ibuprofen?
Is it well controlled?
If it is well controlled you should be able to tolerate a few days of ibuprofen.
This is about the only thing capable of reducing inflammation in tendonitis, bursitis, inflammatory arthritis, gout, pseudogout, etc.
Are your kidneys healthy?
How did you re-injure it?
So you either tore a ligament or damaged a meniscus. Has it improved at all with rest?
I would suggest you get a knee immobilizer to keep the knee in the straight position, and reduce loading the joint during ambulation.
I would also suggest you ice the painful are 3-4 times daily for 12-15 minutes.
I would also suggest you take ibuprofen 600-800 (depending on your size) 3 times daily to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling.
I would also suggest that if the knee does not improve with this plan over the next 7-10 days that you see your family doctor.
If it does not improve within the next few weeks, you will likely need an MRI. That will show if you have damaged a ligament, a meniscus or both. If such an injury is present and severe, or limits your mobility, it will likely need to be fixed surgically.
I would try to set the MRI up now if there is usually a delay in getting one.
That's not too bad! That will give the knee plenty of time to tell you what its intentions are. :-) In the meantime, can you get a referral to physio for range-of-motion exercises so that the knee does not "freeze" up and get stiff?
2 weeks is usually a sufficient "cooling off" period for the knee. After that it can be gently worked on, as tolerated. A good phsyiotherapist will go slow. The point is to at least keep the leg moving as much as possible to prevent contractures, clots and atrophy.
You're welcome. Hope all works out for the best.
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