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What are some treatments for a bruised kneecap?

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Sportsinjuryclinic.net reports that bruised kneecaps, also known as knee contusions, can be treated using the PRICE principles: protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Severe contusions can require medical attention but generally heal using the same treatments over longer periods of time.

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SportsMD explains that PRICE should be started within the first 48 to 72 hours after an injury to reduce swelling. Protection techniques include bandages, braces, slings or tape. Resting, including the use of crutches, accelerates the healing process by decreasing further aggravation, which can inhibit the body's natural processes. Ice helps decrease swelling and should be applied 20 minutes at a time. After an ice application, a compression pack physically holds back the swelling. Double-length elastic bandages should be used for the knee. Elevating the knee above the heart level slows blood flow to that area, which can decrease swelling.

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