on the Knee > Treatments
Your doctor may recommend rest
to ease the pain and swelling associated with water
on the knee (knee effusion). You may want to follow
the routine known as R.I.C.E., which stands for rest,
ice, compression, and elevation:
– your doctor will likely suggest that you take
it easy for several days, so it may be wise to clear
your schedule of any physical activities. You probably
should not do the activity that caused the injury.
– initially, your doctor will likely recommend
applying ice packs to the knee for about 20 minutes
every three or four hours. You will probably need to
do this for two or three days or until the pain subsides,
and you may need to do it after exercise or activities.
– an elastic wrap or bandage will compress the
knee and help keep the swelling down.
– elevating your knee will help reduce swelling
by dispersing excess fluid away from your injured area.
Anti-inflammatories such as aspirin or ibuprofen also
may be recommended or prescribed. They will help reduce
the swelling and hasten the healing of the tendon. You
should be able to gauge your knee's progress as the
swelling subsides. During this time, you may want to
avoid activities that include physical contact.
Because water on the knee (knee effusion)
is usually caused by overuse that irritates the knee
and causes excess fluid and possibly pain, avoiding
overuse is the best way to prevent a reoccurrence of
the problem. Wearing a kneepad while doing physical
activities, especially if they involve kneeling, can
also help. Should symptoms of water on the knee recur,
your physician may decide that a more aggressive approach