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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).

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What should I do to workout while I have a knee sprain?

What should I do to workout while I have a knee sprain?

Light exercise ok: You should be able to perform light stretching and isometric knee exercises. Aerobic activities such as light swimming, aquatherapy, and stationary bike should be fine. Do not do anything which aggregates the pain.

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Please tell me what can I do to help my knee (sprain) injury?

Please tell me what can I do to help my knee (sprain) injury?

See and orthopedist: Have it evaluated by an orthopedist. You may need to have it immobilized. In some more sever cases you may need to have surgical repair.

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Off balance sometimes knee sprain and knee chondromalaia patelle what can help me?

Off balance sometimes knee sprain and knee chondromalaia patelle what can help me?

Therapy: Judicial therapy can potentially help with both chondromalacia as well as balance issues. Consider being referred to a physical therapist.

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What to do if I had a knee sprain in september of last year and it still hurts what is wrong with it?

What to do if I had a knee sprain in september of last year and it still hurts what is wrong with it?

See Orthopedic Doc: You need to see an orthopedic specialist/surgeon to see why you are having such pain.

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Is there any way to test whether I have torn my meniscus or only have a simple knee sprain?

Is there any way to test whether I have torn my meniscus or only have a simple knee sprain?

MRI: Physical exam by an orthopaedic surgeon with complimentary MRI can usually differentiate between a meniscus tear and a ligament injury (sprain).

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I think that I have a knee sprain or a LCL sprain. I heard a pop and crack while turning right.

I think that I have a knee sprain or a LCL sprain. I heard a pop and crack while turning right.

Could be: That could very well be the case. If it does not respond to rest, ice, elevation or if it is severe I would not hesitate to be seen and examined for an accurate diagnosis.

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How should the doctor treat my MCL knee sprain?

How should the doctor treat my MCL knee sprain?

MCL sprain: It depends upon the severity and other associated injuries, such as meniscal tear, acl and PCL and lcl tear. A mild sprain (grade! Mcl) just requires rest/possible short term bracing. Isolated mcls usually don't require surgery. If surgery is being done for other reasons and the mcl is grade 3 (complete), then surgery can be entertained.

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Should I ice or heat a two week old knee sprain?

Should I ice or heat a two week old knee sprain?

Whatever works...: Usually I tell my patients to utilize whatever modality works for them.

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Knee sprain, can't bend knee all the way due to pain. How can I walk?

Knee sprain, can't bend knee all the way due to pain. How can I walk?

Many possibilities: Knee pain can be due to many things such as gout, infection, inflammation of the bursa, or due to tendon, cartilage, or bone abnormalities. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

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I am experiencing knee pain and I'm just curious if it could be a knee sprain because although I can bend it still I can't straighten it.?

I am experiencing knee pain and I'm just curious if it could be a knee sprain because although I can bend it still I can't straighten it.?

Meniscus tear?: Being unable to straighten the knee could be indicative of a lateral meniscus tear. It's best to see someone who can diagnose it.

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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