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Many treatments can help reduce pain and swelling in your knee. Your doctor or physical therapist may suggest one or more of the following treatments.
Icing your knee helps reduce swelling. You may be asked to ice your knee once a day or more.
Keeping your leg raised above your heart helps excess fluid flow out of your knee joint. This reduces swelling.
Compression means wrapping an elastic bandage or neoprene sleeve snugly around your knees. This keeps fluid from collecting in your knee joint.
Electrical stimulation can help reduce excess fluid in your knee joint.
Anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed by your doctor. You may take pills or receive injections in your knee.
Isometric (contracting) exercises strengthen the muscles that support your knee joint. They also help reduce excess fluid in your knee.
Massage helps fluid drain away from your knee.
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