I fell off ladder Friday and could not walk with

Patient: I fell off ladder Friday and could not walk with help to go to bathroom Saturday my knee was swollen up put icy hot and heating pad on it today still swollen but has gone down a lot do I need to go to doctor

Doctor: Welcome to Ask The Doctor.We are here to help you.You seem to be have developed acute knee sprain but you should r ule out any knee ligament injury.In such scenario, if the knee joint movement is fine, then we initially give 5 days conservative treatment and if there is no response, then we investigate.So, you should do cold ice fomentation of the knee and apply Diclofenac ointment locally. In case of severe pain, you can take Pain killers like Diclofenac if the pain is severe and there are no contraindications for its use. Avoid sitting in squatting position and climbing stairs.If you don’t get any relief after even 5 days of therapy, then you would require to get MRI of your knee joint done.Share my opinion with your doctor before acting upon it.I hope it helps.Stay Healthy