Do you know whether to treat a knee injury with ice or heat? In truth, the answer is both, but you should know when to use one and not the other. If you have a knee injury, you should use an ice pack to begin with, while placing your knee in an elevated position. This can be used for the first two or three days following the injury. Make sure you wrap the ice pack in a tea towel or something similar, to avoid an ice burn to the skin. The ice will help reduce the swelling that will occur immediately following the knee injury.
Once the swelling has gone down, you can start using heat to help your recovery. The heat will warm the knee and make it easier to take gentle exercise. It is important not to rest your knee for too long, otherwise the muscles in the area can start to get weaker and it can lead to further problems for you.
What else should you be aware of when treating your knee injury with ice or heat?
It pays to know what you have done to your knee. Sometimes, the injury may be minor – perhaps a minor twist or an awkward movement, or perhaps even a fall onto the knee. You won’t always need to seek medical advice, but if you cannot put any weight on it, your knee is very painful or the swelling is severe, do seek advice immediately.
If you have been in an accident, it is usually best to see your GP or visit a casualty department, depending on how bad the knee injury is. By doing so, you can determine whether any specific treatment is needed.
Could you get anything in compensation following your knee injury?
The answer depends on how it happened. If you sustained it during a fall, you would need to prove that fall was down to negligence on the part of another individual. It isn’t always easy to tell whether a claim would succeed, which is why we recommend calling Accident Advice Helpline today.
You can do so on 0800 689 0500, or by using your mobile to call 0333 500 0993. When treating a knee injury with ice or heat, you should also consider how it happened. You may receive compensation if someone else was at fault.