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Treatment and Rehabilitation


Lt Col Jerman
Unfortunately, there is no quick cure for a knee injury. However, most providers agree that it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Captain Laydon, what can you tell us about treatment and rehabilitation for knee injuries?

Capt Laydon
Well, Dr. Jerman, the first line of treatment often suggested by providers after a knee injury is referred to as P.R.I.C.E., which stands for protect, rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Another common approach to treating a knee injury is physical therapy. A physical therapist can help you regain function in your knee as quickly as possible through a combination of manual techniques such as exercise, massage, and mobilization, and training to help you use your knee for maximal function. Physical therapists emphasize the need to get the affected area moving as quickly as is safe after an injury. The longer a joint remains immobile, the greater the possibility that excess swelling may lead to decreased range of motion.

A physical therapist can design a program that has two main goals. First, the maximum protection phase involves a series of exercises designed to help improve knee motion. Exercises in this phase might include activities like water walking, swimming, leg presses, or mini-squats.

The second goal is to restore strength to your knee, with a gradual return to normal activity levels. This is accomplished using closely monitored exercises that simulate normal knee stresses.

Treatment may also include the use of a knee brace, or a cast in extreme cases, to support and stabilize your knee joint while the injury heals.