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How can I help speed up recovery time to my sprained ankle?

How can I help speed up recovery time to my sprained ankle?

Rest, PT: Ankle sprains usually take 6-8 weeks to heal. You can speed it up with ice, rest, bracing and physical therapy but they still take time. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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How can I speed up rehab my knee (sprained mcl) so I can get back to basketball faster?

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How can I speed up rehab my knee (sprained mcl) so I can get back to basketball faster?

Motion/strength: You cannot really speed up the healing of the mcl. It will take 2-3 months to heal regardless of how it is treated. However, knee motion and quad strength can easily worsen as a result of mcl tears. If you work on motion and work on quad strengthening, this will not happen and you will be much faster on your road to recovery back onto the court. ...Read more

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How can I speed up the healing process for my sprained ankle?

How can I speed up the healing process for my sprained ankle?

Ankle Sprain: It may heal on its own with rest, ice, compression and elevation and a gradual return to your normal activities. However, a period of time in a boot or use of crutches may be necessary depending on the severity. A physical exam by an orthopedic physician will better be able to determine your appropriate course of treatment. Hope this helps and good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up recovery from my concussion?

What can I do to speed up recovery from my concussion?

Depends on symptoms: After a concussion, you want to avoid activities which may exacerbate the concussion. In particular, you want to avoid activities where you may hit your head again. Frequently, this is discussed in the context of contact sports. Repeated head injuries or concussions in a short period of time can have cumulative effects. For example, mohamed ali. Also, you want to avoid alcohol or recreatonal drugs. ...Read more

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How can I make the healing process for my sprained foot quicker so I can enjoy my upcoming vacation?

How can I make the healing process for my sprained foot quicker so I can enjoy my upcoming vacation?

Staying off foot: Healing is a process and if you rush it you will make it worse.get a figure of 8 ankle wrap for now and don't run any marathons. but stay off of it as much as possible and see a doctor ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up the recovery process for a broken foot?

What can I do to speed up the recovery process for a broken foot?

Keep pressure off: Depending on which bone in the foot is broken, the time to healing and activity level varies. But, generally, a fracture needs 6 weeks to heal and the less pressure on the area the better. Also, the foot should be elevated as much as possible to limit the amount of swelling. Too much swelling slows down the healing process as well. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

What can I do to speed up recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

Simple steps: Don't over-do it. Follow your doctor's directions. Use pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication (example: advil), keep leg elevated, use ice as needed for swelling. Be patient! ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle and my job reguires me to take time off to heal. How much time is needed?

I sprained my ankle and my job reguires me to take time off to heal. How much time is needed?

Depends.: A simple sprain, one that has not resulted in significant ligament damage, usually takes 7-14 days to feel good. Of course how good it feels at work depends largely on what type of work you do. If you have a desk job, you don't need any time off. If you're on your feet working 12 hour shifts and picking up heavy objects you may need 2 weeks. An ankle brace when u do return to work will help. ...Read more

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I have trouble walking from a sprained and fractured ankle. What can I do to speed up the rehabilitation?

I have trouble walking from a sprained and fractured ankle. What can I do to speed up the rehabilitation?

Listen to your body.: If this is a recent injury, you need to be immobilized either in a cast or walking boot. Once the fracture has healed on xray or is stable. Your doctor could order physical therapy. In order to speed up healing: rest, elevate, ice, ace wrap, and immobilization. The fact that it hurts means stop walking! check with your doctor to make sure the fracture is healing properly. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up healing of my injured back?

What can I do to speed up healing of my injured back?

Therapy and ?meds?: Depending on the severity of injury, healing may take weeks to months. Some unfortunately may suffer chronic back problem after significant injury. Best is get an eval by your doc, possible need for medications and likely therapy. Proper therapy can help get your back back in shape faster as well as teaching you ways to prevent further injury etc...So, don't give up too early. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can i do at home to speed up my process in healing my navicular ankle type 3?

What can i do at home to speed up my process in healing my navicular ankle type 3?

Increase healing: Stay off the foot and elevate. Eat a balanced diet and take it easy. Also, if you smoke...STOP! There is no secret to faster healing except to be healthy and rest. ...Read more

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I have a mild sprained ankle. Will the doctor give me crutches to speed up the healing process?

I have a mild sprained ankle. Will the doctor give me crutches to speed up the healing process?

If it is mild: A mild sprains usually does not need crutches to heal quicker. Though the more rest it gets the better it will feel. Rice is best which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up recovery from a broken leg?

What can I do to speed up recovery from a broken leg?

? Acupuncture: In addition to the treatment regiment provided by your physician ask him or her about adding acupuncture to expedite healing. ...Read more

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What can I do to speed up the recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

What can I do to speed up the recovery from ACL and meniscus surgery?

Recovery: Unfortunately there is no way to speed up recovery. Tissue heals at a fairly set pace that varies a little from person to person. Follow your doctors rehab protocol to reduce your risk of failure for your surgery. To much too soon can be bad. ...Read more

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How can I help my knee heal faster?

How can I help my knee heal faster?

Knee: Listen to your doctor. Depends upon the injury. Start with rest, ice, elevation, mid compressive dressing. Progress to stretching and strengthening. If not better, good imaging may explain why its not healing and a scope for meniscus or acl, etc. May be needed. Postop follow directions, some modalities/laser/pt and omega/nsaids may help. ...Read more

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How can I help speed up recovery time to my sprained ankle?

Rest, PT: Ankle sprains usually take 6-8 weeks to heal. You can speed it up with ice, rest, bracing and physical therapy but they still take time. ...Read more

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2nd degree ankle sprain 4 weeks ago. Still pain when pressed around ankle and walking far even with brace. How to speed up recovery? Crutches needed?

2nd degree ankle sprain 4 weeks ago. Still pain when pressed around ankle and walking far even with brace. How to speed up recovery? Crutches needed?

Have it evaluated.: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves . Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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How can I speed up the healing process for my sprained ankle?

Ankle Sprain: It may heal on its own with rest, ice, compression and elevation and a gradual return to your normal activities. However, a period of time in a boot or use of crutches may be necessary depending on the severity. A physical exam by an orthopedic physician will better be able to determine your appropriate course of treatment. Hope this helps and good luck! ...Read more

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I have a mild sprained ankle. Will the doctor give me crutches to speed up the healing process?

If it is mild: A mild sprains usually does not need crutches to heal quicker. Though the more rest it gets the better it will feel. Rice is best which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. ...Read more

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Recovery time for Eversion ankle sprain?

Recovery time for Eversion ankle sprain?

Varies, but about wk: Different levels of sprains. in some the tendons are TORN off (takes weeks in this case; clue: major bruising and area is LOOSE). Mostly rest, some support (stirrup brace) anti-inflammatories. ...Read more

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10 weeks into recovery of high ankle sprain i found out i had stress fractures. For 4 weeks I have to rice. How do I go about exercise after this time?

10 weeks into recovery of high ankle sprain i found out i had stress fractures. For 4 weeks I have to rice. How do I go about exercise after this time?

Ask you treating Dr: There are a lot of variables in your description. This should have been explained in detail by your doctor with an opportunity given to you to ask all questions. ...Read more

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If I have a compressed nerve in my foot due to scar tissue from and ankle sprain how is it treated and what is the recovery time?

Neuroma: After trauma to the ankle and foot there can develop a scar in the small nerves that becomes very painful. When this scar is on the sole of the foot or in the small spaces between the toes, or in the location of the tendons and joints, there can be considerable discomfort and disability. A good foot specialist (podiatrist) can help with management. Surgery may just cause more problems. ...Read more

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Very frustrated college soccer player Been out with sprained ankle for 6 weeks Now mri says I have 3 small bone bruises and edema Recovery time?

Very frustrated college soccer player
Been out with sprained ankle for 6 weeks 
Now mri says I have 3 small bone bruises and edema   Recovery time?

Another: 2-4 weeks at least. Bone "bruises" (Periosteal hematoma ) are notorious for prolonged disability. This is a collection of blood (now clotted) UNDER the LINING of the BONE ITSELF!! The CIRCULATION is LIMITED in that area. ACTIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY along with DEEP HEAT and ULTRASOUND treatments is INDICATED and will diminish the time for recovery Hope this is helpful! Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the best way to tape a sprained ankle for support during recovery?

What is the best way to tape a sprained ankle for support during recovery?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. These will protect the ligaments of the ankle - that's what they are designed for. ...Read more

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1 month in on recovery of sprained ankle. Did some exercises for ankle yesterday and swelling came back with slight pain. What does this mean?

1 month in on recovery of sprained ankle. Did some exercises for ankle yesterday and swelling came back with slight pain. What does this mean?

Rest: 4 weeks may not be enough time for complete healing before starting therapy. 6-8 wks is typically the amount of time it takes to heal a sprain if immobilized. Even with complete healing, scar tissue develops and can contribute to swelling on and off for months during rehab. Check with your physician in person for proper rehabilitation! ...Read more

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Would going on a vacation with a sprained ankle near full recovery make things worse?

Would going on a vacation with a sprained ankle near full recovery make things worse?

Depends: That would depend on what you are doing on vacation. Doing a lot of walking, running, or climbing on uneven ground risks reinjuring the ankle or retearing the ligament. The ankle is also less able to sense changes in position as well after an injury. However, if you are going to be doing casual walking or lighter activity, i'd say go for it! ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 weeks ago still swollen and in pain is this normal in recovery? Have been using the price method and keeping it wrapped in banadge

Sprained ankle 3 weeks ago still swollen and in pain is this normal in recovery? Have been using the price method and keeping it wrapped in banadge

Ankle Sprain: Not unusual to have it last 3 weeks, may last as long as 6-8 weeks if bad enough sprain. Some times sprains are significant enough to cause instability of the ankle. Physical therapy can help with the functional recovery from your ankle sprain and help prevent future sprains. Continue your current conservative care. Add range of motion exercises. If difficult in couple weeks get evaluated. ...Read more

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How can I tell what grade my ankle sprain is and what are the recovery period for each grade?

How can I tell what grade my ankle sprain is and what are the recovery period for each grade?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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How much time will my ankle sprain last?

It depends: Depending on the severity, recovery from an ankle sprain can range from 2-8 weeks. Minor sprains heal quickly. Major sprains, such as high ankle sprains, can persist and need immobilization in either a boot or a cast. I recommend you see an ankle specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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In how little time can you walk on a sprained ankle?

In how little time can you walk on a sprained ankle?

Depends: It depends on how bad the sprain is, how much pain, swelling. ...Read more

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How much time does a severe ankle sprain tend to heal?

How much time does a severe ankle sprain tend to heal?

Severe ankle sprain: A severe ankle sprain can take a minimum of 6 weeks to heal and sometimes as long as 12 weeks or longer depending on amount of damage to ankle. ...Read more

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Please describe the minimum healing time needed for a sprained ankle?

1-3: There are different grades; 1-3. Higher the number, worse the sprain. Healing time is dictated by the degree of injury, and patient compliance. ...Read more

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more