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How long are you on crutches after you sprain your knee?

How long are you on crutches after you sprain your knee?

up to a few weeks..: Depending on the severity of your injury and the level of need to walk/use your leg etc. Crutches are only need for a few days to couple of weeks in most cases. You tend to heal faster when young and in good health and longer and longer with age and concomitant illnesses. Often after a few days, you can hop around w/o cructhes. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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How long should I wait to exercise if a sprained my knee?

How long should I wait to exercise if a sprained my knee?

Depends: It depends a little on the exercise. Ideally you would not do anything that would out any additional stress on the knee until you are fully recovered, and best with a gradual return. About two weeks after complete resolution of symptoms such as pain and swelling would be a good guideline. Also need to make sure strength gets equal to other side as well. ...Read more

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How long before a sprained knee heals?

How long before a sprained knee heals?

Variable: Sprains can take as little as a few days, or as long as months to heal. See your doctor to make sure there is not a tear causing the pain. ...Read more

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How long would a sprained knee take to heal?

How long would a sprained knee take to heal?

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 be 1-3 weeks but can take up to 3 months for more significant injuries. ...Read more

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Sprained knee how long does it take to heal?

Sprained knee how long does it take to heal?

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 surgery to fix (acl, meniscus, etc). ...Read more

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How long should a sprained knee take to heal?

How long should a sprained knee take to heal?

Recovery: The recovery for an injury varies by patient, severity, desired level of activity, and the specific muscle that has been injured. Rest ice compression elevation for the injury will aid in the recovery process. If you fail to improve, seeing an orthopaedic specialist may be required. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sprained knee to heal?

How long does it take for a sprained knee to heal?

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 are the same, and actual time to healing will vary based upon severity. Most typical knee mcl sprains (grade 2-3) heal in 6-8 weeks. Bracing is often indicated. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully heal from a sprained knee?

How long does it take to fully heal from a sprained knee?

Depends: Grades of sprain are classically considered mild-moderate- and severe. Mild is simply a bit of a stretch and heals in 2-4 weeks. A moderate sprain is where the ligaments are partially but not completely torn and these tend to take 4-6 weeks to heal. Severe injures are where the ligament is completely torn and they take 2-3 months to heal if at all. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does a sprained knee take to heal?

Can you tell me how long does a sprained knee take to heal?

3-6 weeks: A simple sprain usually takes 3-6 weeks to heal. If it persists or the pain is significant the knee should be evaluated by an orthopedist. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a sprained knee to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take a sprained knee to heal?

Varies with severity: Of the sprain. For mild ones, up to 3-4 weeks; for moderate ones, about 6-8;
for severe ones, up to 3-4 months; provided no further injuries occur, during the healing period. Kindly comply with the orthopedist's
advise, as that is the quickest way to improve and heal completely. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take for a sprained knee to heal?

How long does it normally take for a sprained knee to heal?

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. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your sprained knee to heal completely?

How long does it take for your sprained knee to heal completely?

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 surgery to fix (acl, meniscus, etc). ...Read more

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If I sprained my knee how long do I ice it ann when do I put heat on it?

If I sprained my knee how long do I ice it ann when do I put heat on it?

If pain is relieved: Classic teaching is ice first and heat later. Fact is, both increase blood flow. That's why your face turns red equally when you go outside in heat or freezing. So, apply if it feels good and don't if it feels bad. Neither make it heal better of faster per any valid study. Avoid freezing or burning skin. Don't keep ice on if it hurts. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a knee spraining to heal?

How long does it take for a knee spraining to heal?

Depends on severity: 4 to 6 weeks is a good rule of thumb for most simple sprains. ...Read more

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I think I have sprained my knee what should I do? And should I need crutches?

I think I have sprained my knee what should I do? And should I need crutches?

Sprained knee: Needs to be evaluated by you or doc. Probably need an x-Ray. That will determine weather you need crutches or not. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How long does a knee sprain take to heal?

How long does a knee sprain take to heal?

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 surgery to fix (acl, meniscus, etc). ...Read more

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How long does a bad knee sprain take to heal?

How long does a bad knee sprain take to heal?

DEPENDS ON DIAGNOSIS: If acl is torn - never heals -needs surgery. Mri is needed to make diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a knee sprain to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take a knee sprain to heal?

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 be 1-3 weeks but can take up to 3 months for more significant injuries. Pain lasting more than 6 weeks should prompt an evaluation, usually best done by an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How long will it take before I could walk on my leg after a knee sprained?

How long will it take before I could walk on my leg after a knee sprained?

Should be anytime: If it hurts that much to walk on a sprain, you may want to get further imaging studies done like X-Ray and MRI. There may be more damage than was thought originally. If its just a sprain, occasional protection for a few days on crutches might be OK. However don't go too long using that or the muscles will stiffen and you may start to atrophy. Take NSAIDs and ice the area around the clock. ...Read more

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When's the best time to go back to school with sprained knee and without cruches?

When's the best time to go back to school with sprained knee and without cruches?

When your knee pain: You'll usually require crutches from your symptoms of pain. As it lessens, the crutches can go! ...Read more

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I fell and injured my knee the other night and I think it is sprained. How long will it take to heal?

I fell and injured my knee the other night and I think it is sprained. How long will it take to heal?

Depends on injury: It depends on the severity of the sprain. Sometimes only physical therapy treatments and/ or knee arthroscopy may be necessary. ...Read more

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How long to heal a sprained knee? It has been 5 weeks, and still can't bend much past a 90 degree angle. No pain, just no rom.

How long to heal a sprained knee? It has been 5 weeks, and still can't bend much past a 90 degree angle. No pain, just no rom.

Not just sprained: If you have only 90 degrees bending, then you have a frozen stiffening knee. You must have this evaluated soon. The proper diagnosis must be established and treatment initiated. Letting it get any stiffer would likely lead to long-term consequences. There must be pain if you're not bending beyond 90, otherwise you must push to full range of motion. ...Read more

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My knee hurts when I bend it and it hurts to stand on it. I asked my dr and he said that I sprain it and gave me crutches to use for 2 wks. Then what?

My knee hurts when I bend it and it hurts to stand on it. I asked my dr and he said that I sprain it and gave me crutches to use for 2 wks. Then what?

Get examined: Nothing in your history suggests you had an injury nor does it say u had your knee thoroughly examined... Follow your md's advice and in 2 wks if not improved w/protected weight bearing and an NSAID I would suggest seeing a board certified ors for a definitive diagnosis. Gl! ...Read more

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I sprained my knee about a week ago during a soccer game. I can now "walk" on it. Am I hurting it more trying to walk on it? Whwn can I get off of the crutches?

I sprained my knee about a week ago during a soccer game. I can now "walk" on it. Am I hurting it more trying to walk on it? Whwn can I get off of the crutches?

Hard to say: It is hard to say, simply because the specific nature of the injury is not known. Some people might think they had sprained their knee and actually had a major ligament injury to the ACL for example, or others might have truly had a mild injury. As you get more comfortable, it is not unreasonable to progress your weight bearing as tolerated, if any question I would be seen. ...Read more

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How long can I have swelling from a knee sprain?

How long can I have swelling from a knee sprain?

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 internal damage to meniscus or cruciate ligaments. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a medial collateral knee sprain to heal?

How long should it take for a medial collateral knee sprain to heal?

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 to heal. Minor sprains can heal in a few weeks, more severe ones can take months. ...Read more

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I think I sprained my knee. What are the procedures to prevent further damage? Will I need crutches or a brace?

I think I sprained my knee. What are the procedures to prevent further damage? Will I need crutches or a brace?

Sprained knee: Well you have diagnosed yourself. Now really you need to give a better history. What exactly did you do to injure the knee? Can you bear weight? Now crutches are not the answer. You could try a knee sleeve but again you are assuming the knee is just a sprain. If you do not improve in a few days you better see a doctor ...Read more

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I had knee sprain for so long time already. It doesn't cured. Can I do light exercises such as dance and swimming?

I had knee sprain for so long time already. It doesn't cured. Can I do light exercises such as dance and swimming?

Knee strain: I understand your frustration.
Do not become VICTIM of your pain, swelling or some limitations.
Make DVD of your activities prior to knee strain-walking, jogging, hiking, swimming, different kinds of dancing, sports; put music and narration with your creativity-Love your Knee.
See Orthopedic Specialist, have MRI for status of knee, discuss P.T., Medications, ultrasound, dance and swimming. ...Read more

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


Crutches (Definition)

Crutches are devices held beneath the armpits to support the body in walking after an injury to ...Read more