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Dr. Barry Press
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How long does it take a hand sprain to heal?

Dr. Barry Press
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How long does it take a hand sprain to heal?

Depends...: On where it is and how severe the sprain is. The small joints in the fingers are especially slow to heal. They may be stiff, swollen, and sore for up to a year--and the swelling may never completely resolve. ...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. Ronald Oberman
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How long does it normally take for a sprain to heal?

Dr. Ronald Oberman
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Depends on severity: Days to several weeks or months.

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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. Richard Perlman
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How long does it take a sprained wrist to heal after two falls?

Dr. Richard Perlman
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How long does it take a sprained wrist to heal after two falls?

True sprain: You have to be sure that these were truly sprains and not fractures, and to be sure that they did not cause the wrist bones to separate. If it is not better within a couple of weeks, you need to be checked by someone knowledgeable in this area. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
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How long does it take for a sprained shoulder to heal?

Dr. Brian Chimenti
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How long does it take for a sprained shoulder to heal?

Depends: Depends on what caused the soreness. Inflammatory issues such as tendinitis & bursitis are unpredictable & best managed with rest, cortisone injections, & rehab exercises. A tear may never "heal" on its own depending on severity & often requires repair. A low grade partial tear may heal with rest & rehab. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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How long does it take for mild sprained ankle to heal?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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How long does it take for mild sprained ankle to heal?

3-6 weeks: Usually 3=6 weeks.

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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. Ahmad M Hadied
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How long does it take a sprained joint to heal?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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How long does it take a sprained joint to heal?

Usually 6-12 weeks: It depend what kind sprain is. Sprain is an injury to the ligament of the ankle. 1st degree sprain it were the ligament still basically intact with some mild bruise in it, usually heals in about 4-6 weeks. The second degree more separation of the fiber of the ligament, take more time to heel 6-8 weeks. Third degree sprain, have more separation of the fiber, take 8-12 weeks and may need surgery.One. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Coats II
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How long does it take for a shoulder sprain to heal?

Dr. Robert Coats II
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How long does it take for a shoulder sprain to heal?

3-6 weeks: A sprain or strain of the shoulder involves injury to the tendon, muscle and bursa. This is usually self limiting and requires 3-6 weeks of healing time. Ice, nsaid's and activity modification can help with symptoms. Occasionally oral and/or injectable steroids are needed to reduce inflammation. Therapy is also an option. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sarkis Barupian
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How long does it take for a sprained foot to heal?

Dr. Sarkis Barupian
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How long does it take for a sprained foot to heal?

Varies depending on : depending on the severety of the sprain it might take 1-4 weeks. Some sprains may be worse than a fracture. ...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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