If you’ve ever had a swollen knee, you know just how painful and uncomfortable it can be. Not to mention the fact that it makes it nearly impossible to go about your normal daily activities.
A swollen knee caused by blunt force trauma — such as sports, exercise, or a slip and fall — can be treated in various ways:
Resting your knee until the swelling subsides.
Ice and heat therapy.
Physical and/or occupational therapy.
The use of a brace.
Undergoing a surgical procedure.
If you’re unable to treat the injury on your own at home, it may be time to seek medical attention. An MRI, CT scan, and/or x-ray can help diagnose the root of the problem. This can include injuries such as torn cartilage, tendonitis, muscle sprain, or ligament sprain. And in some cases, you could be suffering from more than one of these injuries.
A swollen knee is a cause for concern. It doesn’t mean you have a serious injury, but neglecting to treat it can lead to additional problems down the road. You’re better off taking care of it now, as opposed to letting it linger and hoping it resolves on its own.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.