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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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How long are you on crutches after you sprain your knee?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

Sprains and strains are conditions in which a person has problems with his muscles (strains) and joints (sprains), such as pain, swelling, fractures, restricted movement, or joint instability, due to trauma or excessive exercise. The treatment ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
Board Certified, Pain Management
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How long will it take before I could walk on my leg after a knee sprained?

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Blake Miller
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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One ankle is more flexible than the other due to a sprain. Could this affect knees. Could one leg grow longer than the other after injury?

Dr. Blake Miller
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One ankle is more flexible than the other due to a sprain. Could this affect knees. Could one leg grow longer than the other after injury?

Ankle: Regarding the range of motion, yes, restricted range of motion can place more stress on the knee on that same leg and lead to altered knee biomechanics, but is difficult to predict if this would lead to symptomatic arthritis for you down the road. As for the growth disturbance, no, this will not cause retardation of growth as your growth plate should be fused by 24-years-old. ...Read more

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Dr. Harry Dollahite
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Pain in my knee cap after playing basketball, pain has lessened.I think it's a knee sprain. How long should I rest my knee until it fully recovers ?

Dr. Harry Dollahite
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Seven – 10 days: It sounds like patella tendinitis, especially if associated with basketball. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, quad stretching and quad strengthening are all helpful. Also, consider playing with a patellar strap. This offloads the force seen by the patella tendon with jumping on hard surfaces – basketball, racquetball, handball, tennis etc. Give time to get well. Sensible activities. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
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How long does it take for a knee spraining to heal?

Dr. Christopher Ferguson
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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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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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How long does it take for a sprained knee to heal?

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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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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Dr. John Moor
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If I sprained my knee how long do I ice it ann when do I put heat on it?

Dr. John Moor
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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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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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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How long before a sprained knee heals?

Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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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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Dr. Brian Chimenti
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How long does it take for your sprained knee to heal completely?

Dr. Brian Chimenti
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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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Can you tell me how long does a sprained knee take to heal?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


Crutches (Definition)

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


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