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  • RICE method

    While you’re at home, you should use the RICE method, which includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

  • Anti-inflammatory medication

    Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication – or recommend an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen – to help reduce swelling and pain.

  • Surgery

    If your kneecap injury is particularly severe – or if it has not been responsive to more conservative treatments – you may need to undergo surgery to repair the damage.


  • Physical examination

    Your doctor will conduct a complete physical examination and collect your health history to help make the diagnosis.

  • X-ray

    Your sports medicine doctor may order an X-ray to confirm the diagnose of patellar injury.