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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 ?
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
Depends on severity: 4 to 6 weeks is a good rule of thumb for most simple sprains. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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