Thanks for posting your query.
At your young age, the pain in the knee is more likely to be due to stress related minor capsular inflammation
or runner's knee.
The mild inflammation of the knee after some activity like workouts or mountaineering mostly subsides by taking antiinflammatory agents and mild pain killers like ibuprofen
. In some cases for acute problem muscle relaxants like thiocolchicoside are needed after consulting with your orthopaedician.
If still there is no relief then oral steroids
and oral lubricating agents like glucosamine
sulfate and chondroitin are given. Injections - intra- articular are the last options to be considered if all the above measures fail.
In the meanwhile, for symptomatic relief:
1. Give enough rest to your knee- use a knee brace
2. Take mild pain killers like acetaminophen
3. Stronger prescription NSAIDS with muscle relaxants may help if simple analgesics do not help.
4. Hot compresses to your knee will be useful pain relieving measure. You may apply a local analgesic gel on that area.
5. calf and hamstring
stretches can be helpful under the guidance of a physiotherapist after the acute pain subsides completely.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.