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how long does it normally take for a sprain to heal?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Depends on severity: Days to several weeks or months.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can a sprain be cured?

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Dr. Cassandra Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
R.I.C.E. and time: A sprain will heal given time. To alleviate symptoms in the acute period, r.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Oral anti-inflammatories may help with swelling/pain. Once the swelling has decreased, begin working on range of motion. Gently progress to strengthening and gradually return to activities as tolerated.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

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Dr. Mehul Desai
Pain Management 19 years experience
Different: Sprains affect ligaments and connective tissue strains affect muscles.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is ice or heat better for a sprain?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Ice first: Ice for an injury than rest. Heat to stretch and ice after exercise.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What can I expect if I go to the emergency room for treatment of a sprain? Evaluation by orthopod?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Unlikely: A sprain will likely go to a triage nurse or resident. It is not a emergency and hence you likely will not be given any priority. Rest, ice, compression and antiinflammatories and see your doc, don't clog an emergency room for a non emergency issue. Hope you feel better.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How long can it take a sprain to get better and heal?

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Dr. Ronald Krinick
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on injury: Ligaments heal differently mcl almost always heal in ^ weeks and then improve over the next several months acl knee tears when complete do not heal.

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