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How long does it take for a knee sprain to heal

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends on severity: 4 to 6 weeks is a good rule of thumb for most simple sprains.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Hampton
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Knee Sprain: It depends on the severity of the sprain. Knee sprains can heal in anywhere to a few weeks to a few months.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Mild to mod- 6-8 wks: Mild to moderate sprains of knee ligaments that are appropriately treated nonoperatively should generally heal in 6-8 weeks. Not all ligament sprains ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Nall
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Sprains: The usual answer is 6 weeks. If after 6 weeks you are not healed it certainly would be prudent to have it looked at.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 29 years experience
Depends on severity: A "sprained" knee can range from a mild injury to the joint to severe injuries including tears of the ligaments. Recovery following mild injuries may... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Hampton
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
MCL Sprain: Mcl sprains are variable in how long the heal. There are different grades of severity of mcl sprains. The more severe the sprain the longer it takes t... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Sprain: That depends on what is sprained and the severity of injury. Minor sprain can be a few weeks. More severe injury can be months -- or never as may need... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allan Dunn
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 60 years experience
DEPENDS ON DIAGNOSIS: If acl is torn - never heals -needs surgery. Mri is needed to make diagnosis.
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
6-8 weeks: for sprain to heal. Focus on strengthening muscles around the knee to heal faster.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Goodhart
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 32 years experience
Light exercise ok: You should be able to perform light stretching and isometric knee exercises. Aerobic activities such as light swimming, aquatherapy, and stationary b... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Certain a sprain?: If you are certain of your knee 'sprain' diagnosis then rest, ice( first 24-48 hrs.), nsaids ( ibuprofen), and usually bracing is effective( for examp... Read More

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