Knee Pain Relief - The R.I.C.E. Method and More

If you have ever injured your Knee, you know that it adds a new dimension to the meaning of pain. Because of the nature and depth of Knee pain, anyone with this type of injury will look for relief immediately. The most common method used by orthopedic surgeons for Knee injuries is known as R.I.C.E.

The R.I.C.E. Method for Knee Pain

R.I.C.E. stands for...

  • Rest - rest your knee. Stay off of it or use crutches if you absolutely must move around
  • Ice - Use cold packs or ice packs to help control swelling by slowing down the blood flow
  • Compress - Use compression or ACE bandages applied snugly but not to tight
  • Elevate - Keep your Knee elevated. By doing this you will notice there is less pain

When you have a knee injury you need to take care of it immediately. Use of the method above can help stabilize your knee and prevent further injury until you can see your Doctor. Always seek and follow your Doctors advice.

Injuries That Cause Knee Pain and How They are Treated

Here are some common injuries that cause knee pain with a short description of what to expect for their treatment.

  • Chondromalacia - often treated with low impact exercises such as swimming, cycling and walking. If conditions are severe enough, arthroscopic surgery may be used
  • Torn Meniscus - minor tears could be treated with physical therapy. More extensive tears will likely require surgery to either repair or remove part of the meniscus
  • Osteoarthritis - aspirin or acetaminophen for pain and ibuprophen for inflammation is common along with exercises to strengthen the knee
  • Knee Tendons - The R.I.C.E. method along with ibuprophen to relieve pain and inflammation and topical creams to help with knee pain relief. A ruptured tendon may require surgery to reattach

These descriptions are not meant as medical advice, your Doctor is your definitive source for treatment and advice.

Knee Pain - Recover and Resume Your Life

You can not resume your normal life until you are fully recovered from your knee injury. Follow your Doctors advice, rest your knee, make yourself as comfortable as possible with recommended medicine and theropy. Use pain relief creams and over the counter products that your Doctor O.K.'s for Knee pain relief.

Comments 5 comments

Brian P 5 years ago

Take some nice advil with the RICE method and you are going to be feeling better! : )

ASR Hip Recall 5 years ago

I've used some of the pain relief creams in your hub and they work pretty well on my knee. Very well-written hub.

DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit 5 years ago

The RICE method works great to reduce swelling on those with sprains, strains or fractures.

I have had some fractures in the past and I personally had gone through a DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement. What's bothering me now are the lawsuits and complaints filed by those harmed with the Pinnacle device. I'm still understanding and reading more about its updates on the site.

What are your impressions on the complaints filed by those harmed from the Pinnacle device?

DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawyer 5 years ago

I have used the RICE method a few times for sprains and strains and it has helped a lot. The BioFreeze pain relief gel is also a really good product for people who have joint pain, it works great for my arthritis. This would be a good article for the patients effected by the DePuy hip implant recall to read. If you want more information on that, check out

zimmer nexgen lawyer 5 years ago

The RICE method has been used to treat minor knee pain and used as an initial pain management for severe cases of knee injuries. This is a nice post, keep it up!

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