Dislocated knee will it ever heal?

K so 3 weeks ago I dislocated it playing soccer the ball touched my knee and it slided but went back in place right away and my knee isn't fully straight yet will it ever heal?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Knee injuries can be very tricky. Make sure you are letting it rest to heal. Rest, ice, compression and elevation are what you need to do. Using these immediate first aid measures is believed to relieve pain, limit swelling and protect the injured soft tissue.

    The RICE Method of Acute Injury Treatment

    Rest: If you are injured, stop playing, get medical attention if necessary and rest. Resting an injury is important immediately after injury for two reasons. First, rest is vital to protect the injured muscle, tendon, ligament or other tissue from further injury. Second, your body needs to rest so it has the energy it needs to heal most effectively.

    Ice: If you are using ice, choose a cold pack, crushed ice or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a thin towel to provide cold to the injured area. An ice massage is another extremely effective way to direct cold to the injured tissue. Cold provides short-term pain relief and also limits swelling by reducing blood flow to the injured area. As stated above, it's unclear if reducing inflammation entirely is helpful or harmful as it relates to tissue repair and healing times. regard to healing. If you choose to use cold therapy, never apply ice directly to the skin (unless it is moving as in ice massage) and never leave ice on an injury for more than 20 minutes at a time. Longer exposure can damage your skin and even result in frostbite. A good rule is to apply cold compresses for 15 minutes and then leave them off long enough for the skin to re-warm.

    Compression: Compression helps limit and reduce swelling, which may delay healing. Some people also experience pain relief from compression. An easy way to compress the area of the injury is to wrap an ACE bandage around the swollen part. If you feel throbbing, or if the wrap just feels too tight, remove the bandage and re-wrap the area so the bandage is a little looser.

    Elevation: Elevating an injury help control swelling. It's most effective when the injured area is raised above the level of the heart. For example, if you injure an ankle, try lying on your bed with your foot propped on one or two pillows.

    After a day or two of RICE (or RCE) treatment , many sprains, strains or other injuries will begin to heal. But if your pain or swelling does not decrease after 48 hours, make an appointment to see your primary care physician or go to the emergency room, depending upon the severity of your symptoms.

    Once the healing process has begun, light massage may reduce the formation of scar tissue, and improve tissue healing.

    Gentle stretching can be begun after all swelling has subsided. Try to work the entire range of motion of the injured joint or muscle, but be extremely careful not to force a stretch, or you risk re-injury to the area. Keep in mind that a stretch should never cause pain. For proper stretching technique, review Flexibility Exercises.

    Heat may be helpful once the injury moves out of the acute phase and swelling and bleeding has stopped. Moist heat will increase blood supply to the damaged area and promote healing.

    Finally, after the injury has healed, strengthening exercises can be begun. Start with easy weights and use good form.


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