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Knee Manipulation


Knee manipulation is a procedure to relieve knee stiffness and poor range of motion. After trauma or knee surgery, scar tissue can form in your joint. The scar tissue does not allow you to fully bend or straighten your leg. Knee manipulation breaks up the scar tissue that has formed.


Seek care immediately if:

  • You are unable to put weight on or move your knee.
  • Your pain becomes worse and swelling increases.
  • You have severe nausea and vomiting that continue to the day after your procedure.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You develop tingling or numbness in your foot and toes that does not go away.
  • You develop a rash or hives.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine. Ask how to take this medicine safely.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.


  • Do not overuse your knee. Stop walking and rest if your pain becomes severe.
  • Apply ice to help decrease swelling and pain. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Place it on your knee for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 or 4 times per day, or as directed.
  • Elevate your knee above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. If possible, prop your knee on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
  • Do your knee exercises as directed. You will be taught exercises to help strengthen your knee and keep it mobile.

Physical therapy:

You may start physical therapy the day after your procedure. A physical therapist will teach you exercises to help strengthen your knee.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.