What happens after a knee injury? Whether it’s an athletic tear or some kind of trauma, the best chance anyone has for complete recovery after injury is quick medical care. Thankfully, there are many therapeutic treatments that can restore the knee to health. (And, you guessed it, we have the best right here at Greene County General!) The key is usually getting treatment as soon as possible.
For minor injuries that don’t require surgery, a good word to remember is RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Resting the knee gives it time to heal; ice controls swelling if used 2-3 times a day for about 20 minutes; compressing the injury reduces swelling (therapists can help make sure it is not too tight); and elevating the knee whenever possible is recommended.
Above all, the way you treat your knees every day will determine how they treat you. Any suspected injury should be assessed by a health care provider as soon as possible so an effective course of treatment can be identified. If therapy is needed, you can rely on the Therapy Services at GCGH to get you back to feeling great.
This article is provided for information only and is neither advice nor a substitute for proper medical care. Consult a qualified healthcare professional who understands your particular history for individual concerns.