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Knee Contusions

Information on Knee Contusions

A knee contusion is a medical term for a bruise. This occurs when a blood vessel or capillary is damaged, leading to blood leakage into the surrounding area following an injury. When an injury affects the muscle or skin around the knee, it's commonly termed a soft tissue contusion. In more severe cases, a bone contusion, or bone bruise, may occur in the knee, presenting similar symptoms to a soft tissue contusion.


To alleviate pain, inflammation, and bleeding associated with bone bruises, it's essential to apply the RICE protocol effectively:

Rest: Protect the injured area and cease strenuous activities to prevent further harm, utilizing aids like crutches if necessary.

Ice: Apply cold packs intermittently for 20-minute intervals to reduce swelling, being careful not to apply ice directly to the skin.

Compression: Gently wrap the affected area with a soft bandage or ace wrap to provide support and minimize swelling.

Elevation: Elevate the injured area above the heart level to facilitate fluid drainage and reduce swelling.

Athletes typically experience rapid improvement with these simple measures. Your healthcare provider may prescribe NSAIDs like ibuprofen for pain relief, and it's important to avoid massaging the injured area. During the initial 24 to 48 hours post-injury, continuing RICE therapy is crucial to manage bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Additionally, maintaining activity in unaffected body parts helps preserve overall fitness levels while the injured muscle heals. In cases of persistent large hematomas, surgical drainage may be recommended by your doctor to expedite recovery.

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