If my knee swells after I run should I ice it?

Yes, you should apply ice to it for 20 minutes. More importantly, seek the advice of a medical professional to determine why your knee is swelling so you do not incurr a more serious injury.

Aaron Nelson
Sports Medicine
Yes. You should definitely ice your knee any time it swells after activity. This will help reduce the swelling and the pressure around the joint. You can ice several times for 20 minutes at a time, making sure to wait 1 hour between your icing sessions. If the swelling is occurs after each time you run or if it becomes chronic, see a physician immediately to make sure you don't have any joint issues such as meniscus(cartilage), ligaments, tendons or loose bodies that may need further attention.

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