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In knee immobilzer since saturday night knee is still

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in knee immobilzer since saturday night knee is still swollen on upper outside of knee. Have been on naproxen and still swollen. can straighten leg but not bend all the way. should i be useing heat and what is going on
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Susan Ivy replied 7 years ago.

HelloCustomerand think you for using JustAnswer Health for your question.

Yes, heating packs are recommended at this time. Ice packs are recommended for the first 48 to 72 hours after an injury or onset of arthritic inflammation. The ice helps to slow down the inflammatory process of the circulatory and tissue systems. After that time, the use of heating packs or soaks is recommend in order to bring in circulation to pull away the damaged tissue, and blood cells. Sitting in a warm whirl pool or bath for 20 minutes 3 times per day is a pleasant way if available, or you can buy or make warm packs. It is also important to keep the swollen area elevated as much as possible.

Elevation to heart level or above will assist with decreasing swelling.

Using the NSAIDs such as the Naproxen or Ibuprofen will also assist with decreasing inflammation and decreasing pain. It is recommended to take these medications with food to prevent stomach problems.

You must consult with your doctor or physical therapist on whether or not it is recommended for you to move the knee through range of motion exercises at this time, because this depends on the specifics of your knee problem.

I hope this helps. If you have questions about my reply please respond to this post so that we may assist you further.