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should I ice or heat a two week old knee sprain

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Cohen
28 years experience Family Medicine
Whatever works...: Usually i tell my patients to utilize whatever modality works for them.
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Dr. Andrew Bronstein
36 years experience Hand Surgery
Ice: Typically, within the first 6 weeks ice will help decrease inflammation. Often, in physical therapy heat is used to mobilize the joint, but then it i ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Chimenti
27 years experience Sports Medicine
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
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
29 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
33 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Therapy: Judicial therapy can potentially help with both chondromalacia as well as balance issues. Consider being referred to a physical therapist.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Abdul Ahmed
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Few days to weeks: Swelling usually subsides in 2 weeks but sometimes can take a little bit longer. If you have fluid ( effusion ) in the joint then it indicates interna ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
28 years experience Podiatry
You see: The orthopedist who takes an x-ray and tells you.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Hampton
15 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Giannini
36 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
R.I.C.E.: This is the recommended treatment for sprains/strains the first 3 days. Rice: rest, ice, compression ; elevation. Give it a rest. Ice at least 30 min. ... Read More
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