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Rest, brace: About 90% of mcl injuries heal with time and rest with use of a brace for grade 2 or grade 3 in severity. Many athletes especially return to sports more quickly with a quality rehab program. ...Read more
RICE: R - rest, until the injury heals. I - ice, for about 20 minutes at a time, applied directly to the injured area, for as long as there is pain or swelling. C - compression, use of an elastic ace bandage or neoprene knee sleeve that may be purchased from the local pharmacy. E - elevation, keep the injured knee above the level of the heart. Medications such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen may also help. ...Read more
I'm taking 500mg of ibuprofen twice a day for last few weeks for a knee injury. I also take the pill&never miss my cycle until now. Is it the ibuprofe?
Not likely: Ibuprofen rarely alters the menstrual cycle. Stress, pain, and other factors could cause you to miss. Then, there is always pregnancy if you are having sex but that is not likely given the fact that you are on the pill. Ask your gyn if women miss their periods occasionally while on your particular brand of pill. ...Read more
Depends on injury: One can expect full recovery after minor sprains/strains. More severe injuries (ligament ruptures, cartilage tears) may best be treated surgically to optimize recovery and in theory slow/prevent evolution of arthritis. For symptoms (pain, swelling, catching, locking) persisting for more than 4-6 wks expert opinion should be sought. ...Read more
MD and PT: If a serious knee injury, best to consult with your dr (sports medicine specialist, whether sports physiatrist, orthopaedist, or primary care sports medicine specialist), who will likely recommend working closely with a physical therapist who will show you exercises and monitor if you are doing them properly. Best to have that personalized attention. ...Read more
Spikes & Sports: The answer is yes and no. Shoes with "traction enhanced" surfaces came into vogue as sports participation evolved onto different artfiicial playing fields. Slips often caused hyperextension injuries. Rotational injuries are more common today due to force transmission up the leg to the knee and hip courtesy of a well entrenched foot. A well conditioned athlete can compensate with training. ...Read more