Housemaid's Knee

Sources: Papers On Health

To cure a swelling on the knee-joint is, as a rule,

easy. Rest is a first and paramount necessity. Bathing with hot

water, not too hot for comfort, for at least an hour each day is

usually sufficient. If the knee has been blistered, or leeched, it is

more difficult to cure; but a cure may be expected if the bathing be

continued for a long enough time. It is best done by wrapping a cloth

dipped in vinegar round the knee, and placing the foot in a bath, then

pouring hot water on the bandaged knee, lifting it from the bath in a


When pain in bending is felt in the very centre of the knee-joint, this

hot pouring may be needed for a month, or even longer. During the

intervals of pouring a large cold compress should be worn, first well

oiling the knee. Cover the compress with oiled silk. This will soften

even a very stiff knee, so as at least to bring about ability to bend

without pain. Of course, if there is any disjointing, good surgical aid

must be had, if possible, to replace the bones in their natural