"Knee Injury On The Stairs"

Written By: Chloe Wilson, BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy
Reviewed by: KPE Medical Review Board

Knee Pain Explained #AskUs - Knee Injury On Stairs

June 2, 2017

Hi. On May 22nd, after falling from the stairs, I had a swollen knee. Initially there was a blood clot, which was removed by taking out blood from the affected area.

The swelling has gone now from the front of the knee. There is still some swelling at the back of the knee. I am wearing crepe bandage all the time. The movement of the leg is still not free as i feel some tick sound. The sound is not that much but I can feel internally. 

I’m 43 and I was doing weight training and 7km run daily before my knee injury. Since the injury I am not jogging and am weight training on upper body parts only. Kindly suggest medication/exercise. Awaiting your response.

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Chloe Wilson - Knee Pain Explained Team
June 3, 2017

Hi Sumit. I'm sorry to hear about your knee injury. It sounds like it is going in the right direction.  Swelling can take a good few months to settle down after a knee injury.

I would recommend switching from a bandage to tubigrip as it gives more effective compression, which will help to reduce the swelling as well as providing more support to the knee.

I would also regularly ice the knee for the next couple of weeks, particularly after exercise or towards the end of the day, again to reduce swelling and pain. Apply an ice pack for around 10 minutes and then reapply every couple of hours.

Finally, I would suggest going some knee exercises to regain the full movement and strength in the knee so that you can return to your activities. Muscles weaken much quicker than they strengthen so make sure you pace yourself, particularly when you start running again. Good luck with it all. Chloe

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