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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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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


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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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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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How long for knee sprain to heal with arthritis?

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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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
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Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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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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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

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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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. ...Read more

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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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