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How long do general knee sprains take to heal? I was told that the nothing isn't torn, it's only stretched . It could be my ACL or my patellar tendon

How long do general knee sprains take to heal?  I was told that the nothing isn't torn, it's only stretched . It could be my ACL or my patellar tendon

Usually 6 weeks: Ligament injury is graded by the amount of stretch or tearing and the resulting instability. Treatment varies based on injury from minimal to pt with poss brace to surgery. ...Read more

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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 can it take to recover from an ACL sprain and intense knee contusion?

How long can it take to recover from an ACL sprain and intense knee contusion?

ACL/contusion: Acl sprains are a continuum. Minimal sprains may heal in a few weeks, more extensive ones may need reconstruction. A knee contusion should heal in a few weeks. ...Read more

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How ling does a mild ACL sprain takes to heal?

How ling does a mild ACL sprain takes to heal?

ACL sprain: Acl sprains can take up to 6-8 weeks to recover from. What's most important is that you focus on core strengthening so that you have the strength to return to play and be as safe as possible. Returning before you have full strength can place you at risk to completely tear your acl. ...Read more

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Can an ACL sprain or even an ACL partial tear heal itself ? Does a stretched ACL recover on its own and become tight again or is it stretched forever?

Can an ACL sprain or even an ACL partial tear heal itself ? Does a stretched ACL recover on its own and become tight again or is it stretched forever?

ACL Reconstruction: Acl tears do not heal on their own; having it replaced can help you maintain a healthy/ active lifestyle in the years to come. The acl is a major knee stabilizer, and can provide security to your knee that may prevent further damage to nearby tendons, ligaments, muscles, articular cartilage, meniscus, & bones when compared to a "loose knee". You may avoid surgery though with a partial tear. ...Read more

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Will a sprained ACL heal by it self ? If no then what to do ?

Will a sprained ACL heal by it self ? If no then what to do ?

Possible: Most sprains can heal by itself if given proper rest, antiinfalmatory , some physical therapy? depending location. But may take several weeks ...Read more

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How do you treat a ACL sprain and how long before it is fully healed?

How do you treat a ACL sprain and how long before it is fully healed?

ACL tears don't heal: Acls rarely partially tear. However, all acl tears do not require surgery. Depending on recreational or work activity requirements, good rehabilitation exercise programs exist to strengthen the knee to the point where a fairly active lifestyle is possible. Occasionally, a brace can be helpful. There is an approximately 65% chance of a meniscus injury with acl tears that may require surgery. ...Read more

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I sprained my acl, meniscus, and mcl all at once. How long of a recovery time is that?

I sprained my acl, meniscus, and mcl all at once.  How long of a recovery time is that?

Knee ligaments: Severe injuries of the knee involving 2 ligaments & meniscus will require a few months to 6-8 months to recover depending unpinned the selected treatment . Non surgical care using a brace , NSAIDs and pt typically results in some recovery within 2-3 months . Surgery , to include acl reconstruction , partial menisectomy will require the longer quoted period of time ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal from ACL reconstruction?

How long does it take to heal from ACL reconstruction?

5-12 months, varies: This is highly variable depending on other injuries in the knee, the activity level you are returning to, and the type of surgery/graft choice used to replace your acl. In general, daily activities and sedentary work can be resumed in 2-6 weeks. Full healing of the graft varies from 6 months to 2 years. Most sports can be resumed at 6-9 months, but normal strength and function may take longer. ...Read more

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What does an ACL sprain mean ?

What does an ACL sprain mean ?

A knee injury: It is not an ankle injury but a knee injury. If you said it is an acl then your md can take care of it. Is there any knee swelling or effusion? A ct or MRI done? Rest that knee with ace. Ice compress usually for the 1 st 24-48 hrs then warm moist compress of warm compress. Take care. Drbelga. ...Read more

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Can a person sprain an ACL (not tear it)? If so, how many sprains before the ACL tears?

Can a person sprain an ACL (not tear it)?  If so, how many sprains before the ACL tears?

No: The definition of "sprain" is a rupture or tear. There are less commonly partial tears of the acl, but even partial tears are less stable and more easily ruptured. A "strain" is defined more as an injury without rupturing or tearing. ...Read more

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Can you sprain your MCL even when you are wearing a ACL brace?

Can you sprain your MCL even when you are wearing a ACL brace?

Yes: Wearing a brace does not guarantee ligament injury. ...But it could have been worse if you did not wear it. ...Read more

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I have a strained/sprained ACL and a family ski trip next week. Can i ski? Should i ski? Thanks

I have a strained/sprained ACL and a family ski trip next week.  Can i ski?  Should i ski?  Thanks

Baf idea: Great way to turn a sprain strain into complete tear is to ski on ligament injury i would skip the ski trip if i were you or go and lounge fireside. ...Read more

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Grade 1 ACL sprain,under rehab. can I dance on heels?or on pointe (ballet)?if experience some pain but not much, should I carry on?normal in rehab?

Grade 1 ACL sprain,under rehab. can I dance on heels?or on pointe (ballet)?if experience some pain but not much, should I carry on?normal in rehab?

No: Any injury to any ligament takes 9 months to be %100. do not stree the ligamnts for six weeks, but do gentle streching and light exercisng, after eight weeks can start to do more. check with agood physical therapist and sports MD. ...Read more

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Can massage therapy help an acl/mcl sprain or tare?

Can massage therapy help an acl/mcl sprain or tare?

Perhaps: Massage may be helpful to deal with any swelling associated with an acl/mcl sprain (which is the same as a tear) and it may help to mobilize inflammatory byproducts and increase blood flow to the injured area. It is not a stand alone treatment and should be part of a more general rehabilitation program that may or may not include surgery if the tear of the acl is severe. ...Read more

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My Mri said Grade 2 mcl sprain and muciod degeneration of the acl.What does that mean?

My Mri said Grade 2 mcl sprain and muciod degeneration of the acl.What does that mean?

MCL sprain: Grade 2 MCL sprain is a partial tear of the MCL, usually heals with rest and bracing and PT. The ACL finding is of no concern right now ...Read more

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Grade1 ACL sprain, was allowed to dance again after 2 weeks. Is it alright if I do ballet? still can't fully extend my knee.Pain when stand on it

Grade1 ACL sprain, was allowed to dance again after 2 weeks. Is it alright if I do ballet? still can't fully extend my knee.Pain when stand on it

Dancing: Before doing ballet I would wait till you can fully extend the knee and be able to stand without pain you do not want to further injure the ACL before it's fully healed ...Read more

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Getting ACL replacement surgery but i also have a sprained ankle. Can this cause any complications?

Depends: If your sprained ankle is a one time occurrence, it may not have any lasting effects, if the sprain was mild. If you have had repeated sprains, or the ankle is unstable due to the sprain, then it may complicate your recovery. ...Read more

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