Ice, 20 minutes per hour. You can use a bag of frozen peas or crushed or cubed ice in a zip-lock bag. Be sure to put a towel between it and your skin. Keep your leg elevated, but you'll probably be more comfortable with a small pillow or rolled towel under your leg to keep your knee slightly flexed. If it bothers you when you're in bed, put a pillow under your leg or between your legs if you lie on your side.
I have a long history of knee problems, so I feel for you.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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