To decrease inflammation and relieve pain for a chronic or diagnosed meniscus injury, adhere to the RCCE philosophy within the first 48 – 72 hours
- Rest your knee and limit your activity (if you are able to move your knee); you may want to use crutches or a cane to prevent weight bearing on the joint.
- Treat your knee with Cold 2-3 times/day for approximately 15 – 20 minutes at a time to reduce blood flow to your injured area.
- Compress your knee if possible by adding light pressure to minimize swelling (make sure the compress is snug, but not too tight as it could cause numbness, tingling or more pain).
- Elevate your knee above chest level to relieve the pressure from swelling and allow fluid to drain from your injured area.