No matter what kind of work you do or where you do it, you are at risk for an on-the-job knee injury. Do you know what to do if this happens? Follow these steps immediately after a knee injury to get a jump start on recovery:
- Rest: Get off of the injured leg as soon as possible, and plan to stay off it while you're healing.
- Elevate: Elevate the injured knee, above your heart if possible. This helps to prevent or lessen swelling.
- Ice: Apply ice to the knee immediately and then for 10-15 minutes four times a day for the first few days.
- Over-the-counter medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve), are ideal because they both relieve the pain and reduce swelling. If you are unable to tolerate NSAIDs, then acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be taken for pain.
- Brace the knee: A pad or splint can be used to protect the knee while it is healing and to prevent re-injury.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of a serious on-the-job knee injury, contact your doctor immediately. Otherwise, let your doctor know if your knee isn't starting to feel better after two days. Taking the proper steps immediately after an on-the-job knee injury can minimize the pain you endure and shorten your recovery time.
The Markhoff & Mittman team wants to remind you that once you have taken care of your on-site first aid, you need to report your on-the-job knee injury. If you have been injured on a New York worksite and have questions about what kind of compensation you may be due, contact us today.