Non-surgical Treatment of Knee Fluid Loss:
- Rest: Taking a break from physical activities that cause pain and discomfort is the first step in treating knee fluid loss without surgery. This allows the knee to heal and reduces swelling.
- Ice therapy: Applying ice to the affected knee can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Wrap a bag of ice in a towel and apply it to the knee for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day.
- Compression: Wearing a knee brace or compression bandage can help reduce swelling and provide support to the knee.
- Elevation: Keeping the affected knee elevated above the level of the heart can help reduce swelling and improve circulation.
- Physical therapy: A physical therapist can provide exercises and stretches to help improve strength and flexibility in the knee. This can help prevent further fluid loss and reduce the risk of injury.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen can help reduce pain and swelling.
- Corticosteroid injections: In some cases, a doctor may recommend a corticosteroid injection to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Hyaluronic acid injections: These injections can help restore the knee’s natural fluid and provide relief from pain and stiffness.
It is important to speak with a doctor or physical therapist before starting any treatment for knee fluid loss. They can help determine the cause of the fluid loss and recommend the best course of treatment for your specific situation.
If the knee fluid loss is severe or persistent, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged tissue and restore normal function to the knee.