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Dr. Brian Chimenti
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How long does a knee sprain take to heal?

Dr. Brian Chimenti
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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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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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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. Allan Dunn
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How long does a bad knee sprain take to heal?

Dr. Allan Dunn
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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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. Bertrand Kaper
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How long is it supposed to it take a knee sprain to heal?

Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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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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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Daniel Hampton
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How long should it take for a medial collateral knee sprain to heal?

Dr. Daniel Hampton
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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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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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How long for knee sprain to heal with arthritis?

Dr. Frederick Buechel
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How long for knee sprain to heal with arthritis?

Two issues: The knee sprain can recover in days to weeks depending on severity. The arthritis is chronic and is managed according to its severity but can be aggravated from the sprain injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Grade 2 knee sprain. . Started using brace 10 days later.. been using brace for 7 days and pain recedes but recurs randomly. How long will it take?

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Grade 2 knee sprain. . Started using brace 10 days later..  been using brace for 7 days and pain recedes but recurs randomly. How long will it take?

6-8 weeks: for sprain to heal. Focus on strengthening muscles around the knee to heal faster. ...Read more

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Dr. Abdul Ahmed
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How long can I have swelling from a knee sprain?

Dr. Abdul Ahmed
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
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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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Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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?

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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?

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

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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
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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. 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


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