10. Elevation

Elevation is achieved by laying on a flat surface and raising the entire affected leg above the level of the heart. It is an effective method of dealing with knee swelling. Elevating the knee will help the accumulated fluid inside the swelling to drain back through the vascular system, thereby reducing the size of the swelling. Some patients make the mistake of elevating their foot with supporting the knee itself. This is wrong, as it causes the knee joint to become tense. Instead, the knee needs to be supported using pillows. Additionally, some people find it useful to apply ice while elevating their legs.

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