Knee compression sleeve

Hello, so I had knee surgery about 7 years ago (tore my acl and had to tares in my miniscus)
Anyhow here recently I have been have pain/soreness, and I can tell my knee is swollen and tight.
Does anyone use compression sleeves for working out? Do you think they might help?

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  • LostSun8
    LostSun8 Posts: 15 Member
    I'd go get the knee reevaluated. I had similar issues years after my ACL surgery. It turned out a piece of bone had grown into the joint after a while, causing instability and swelling.

    You may have more damage to your meniscus or some other issue. Swelling 7 years later is not normal.

    As for treating it, moderate NSAID use and icing with elevation, of course. A compression sleeve isn't going to stop it from swelling; the skiing will shift below and above the sleeve since it has to go somewhere.
  • apullum
    apullum Posts: 4,838 Member
    I have used one for knee pain while running, and it helped, but I also had the knee evaluated by an ortho before I did that. I would definitely get it checked out rather than risk aggravating your old injury.
  • jdswartz1977
    jdswartz1977 Posts: 6 Member
    As the manager of a Physical Therapy clinic, I would recommend you go see your Orthopedic surgeon to get another x-ray or possibly an MRI. Compression sleeves aren't going to prevent swelling, they will just push the fluid into other areas. Unless there is instability in the knee due to a ligamentous injury, I never recommend the use of a brace. You have muscles in your knee and hip that control the LE and when you use a brace, those muscles don't have to work to maintain the knee stability which causes them to get weaker and in turn will increase the instability of the knee.
  • Packerjohn
    Packerjohn Posts: 4,855 Member
    As the manager of a Physical Therapy clinic, I would recommend you go see your Orthopedic surgeon to get another x-ray or possibly an MRI. Compression sleeves aren't going to prevent swelling, they will just push the fluid into other areas. Unless there is instability in the knee due to a ligamentous injury, I never recommend the use of a brace. You have muscles in your knee and hip that control the LE and when you use a brace, those muscles don't have to work to maintain the knee stability which causes them to get weaker and in turn will increase the instability of the knee.

    Great advice. IMO, never wear a sleeve/brace unless instructed by a medical professional after an exam.

    Best of luck.
  • Macy9336
    Macy9336 Posts: 694 Member
    As the manager of a Physical Therapy clinic, I would recommend you go see your Orthopedic surgeon to get another x-ray or possibly an MRI. Compression sleeves aren't going to prevent swelling, they will just push the fluid into other areas. Unless there is instability in the knee due to a ligamentous injury, I never recommend the use of a brace. You have muscles in your knee and hip that control the LE and when you use a brace, those muscles don't have to work to maintain the knee stability which causes them to get weaker and in turn will increase the instability of the knee.

    Glad you posted as that matches what my OTs and Specialist Drs have said. I have had knee issues for decades!. I was told using a brace is only a band aid and will not stop things from getting worse.
  • TavistockToad
    TavistockToad Posts: 35,720 Member
    See your doctor/physio
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,811 Member
    I've had a whole range of knee injuries (bone, ligaments, meniscus, bursitis...) and would never use them.

    If it doesn't respond to rest then get a proper assessment and diagnosis.
    Far too complex a joint to guess and don't risk turning an acute episode into a chronic condition.
  • brishaw18
    brishaw18 Posts: 20 Member
    thanks for the input! I'l got have it checked out!