Having an injured knee, whether you got injured during exercise, sport or just during everyday life, can be painful and difficult. Luckily, as described below, there are a few things to do that will help to make your recovery go faster and more smoothly.
See a Physiotherapist Regularly
You might be offered a course of physiotherapy after your injury, but if not, it is something that you should ask your GP or specialist about. As the NHS explains, physiotherapists can offer a wide range of treatments, such as helping you to move your injured knee, giving you advice on how to avoid re-injury and giving you exercises to promote healing and mobility. In order to make the most of your physiotherapy, you should make sure that you attend every session, take note of the advice and information you are given and do any exercises or stretches that are suggested to you.
Modify Your Exercise Schedule
Injuring your knee during exercise can be disheartening, and it can be difficult to know how to get back into working out, so start gently. Talk to your doctor and physiotherapist if you need advice about exercise, but in general, you will want to look for low-impact exercises that take the strain off your knees while strengthening your body and keeping you fit. Gaiam has some good suggestions for low-impact cardio, such as swimming, cycling, using the elliptical instead of the treadmill and speed walking. If or when you decide to get back into high impact sports such as running, ask a doctor or physical therapist for advice on how to adjust your posture and technique to prevent reinjury.
Take Time to Rest
If you don't take the time to rest, it will be harder for your knee to heal, and you will run the risk of reinjuring yourself. Try lower-impact exercise, learn to listen to your body and know when you are straining your muscles and joints and keep the strain off your knee for a while. If you usually walk or run to work, you should try to figure out another solution. In short, if doing something makes your knee hurt, take medical advice before doing it. If you are not sure how to get the right balance between rest and activity, speak to your doctor to get some advice.
If you regularly see a physiotherapist and take their advice, as well as keeping fit with low-impact exercise and resting your knee when you need to, you can ensure that your knee injury rehabilitation will go quickly.