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How long your knee injury takes to heal depends on which part of your knee you’ve injured and how badly it’s affected. If you play sports or go running too soon, you’re likely to hurt yourself again. So always follow your doctor or physiotherapist’s advice.
See our Treatment of knee injuries section for more information.
Some people use arnica for soft tissue injuries, such as sprains and strains. Some research has shown that putting arnica on your skin may help to ease sore joints. But it can have more side-effects than other painkilling creams, such as ibuprofen. So, doctors don’t usually recommend it.
Osteoarthritis can weaken the muscles around your knee joint, which increases your risk of injury. If your knee is painful from arthritis, you might not put your full weight on it and you may be more likely to fall over. Regular strengthening and stretching exercises can help reduce your risk of a knee injury.
Housemaid’s knee is the common name for prepatellar bursitis. It’s often caused by the pressure of kneeling forwards for long periods. These days, prepatellar bursitis is often seen in carpet fitters or roofers – anyone who spends a lot of time working on their knees.
See our Types of knee injury section for more information.
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