Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
Here's the good news! You may have knee pain due to a minor sprain or strain that will get better over time with treatments you can do on your own. But, then again, it can be quite hard to predict these things.
Try the "conservative" route:
rest; avoid those activities that you think may have triggered the knee pain
ice (for the first 48 hrs. after a minor injury)
ointments or creams, such as Ben Gay or IcyHot
brace/ACE wrap -- you can find these in surgical supply stores or many drug stores
non-prescription pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (unless your doctor has instructed you to avoid these).
If your knee pain persists, return to this decision guide for more information.
In the meantime, try the treatments above and for more information on knee strains and sprains click here.