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Sprained my knee but could it be worse?

Sprained my knee but could it be worse?

Sure: A sprain implies a partially stretched ligament which usually heals by itself. Worse things include a complete ligament tear, multiple ligament tears, cartilage injuries, meniscus tears or fractures. ...Read more

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 to excercise a sprained knee?

How to excercise a sprained knee?

Let it heal: If u have 'sprained ' your knee (mcl?) let it heal. Avoid re/ injuring it. You can do straight leg raises (@ leg lifts") to keep your quadriceps muscle strong while your ligament strain is healing. See your ORS if you are not getting better. Best of Luck!! ...Read more

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How do you treat a sprained knee?

How do you treat a sprained knee?

Knee sprain: Depends on the severity of the injury. Minor. Try rest, ice compression and gentle stretch. If you have significant pain, swelling, increased by weight bearing than you should be seen by an orhopaedist ...Read more

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What can I do for a sprained knee?

What can I do for a sprained knee?

Many options: Depending on the condition some treatment options may include rest, ice, compression and elevation, bracing, injection, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a sprained knee?

What are symptoms of a sprained knee?

Many possible signs: Signs may include: inflammation, pain, swelling, bruising, and reduction of motion. ...Read more

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How long before a sprained knee heals?

How long before a sprained knee heals?

Variable: Sprains can take as little as a few days, or as long as months to heal. See your doctor to make sure there is not a tear causing the pain. ...Read more

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How to help sprained ligaments in knee?

How to help sprained ligaments in knee?

See your Orthopod &: Follow his/her advise. Knee brace is used to stabilize the knee while the ligament is healing. Pain meds like the nsaids are used. Crutches may be useful during the treatment period.
Your orthopod should direct your care. ...Read more

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How long would a sprained knee take to heal?

How long would a sprained knee take 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. ...Read more

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Sprained knee how long does it take to heal?

Sprained knee how long does it 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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Sprained my knee should I put pressure on it?

Sprained my knee should I put pressure on it?

Knee sprain: General rule of thumb for a knee injury: initial treatment with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. ...Read more

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How long should a sprained knee take to heal?

How long should a sprained knee take to heal?

Recovery: The recovery for an injury varies by patient, severity, desired level of activity, and the specific muscle that has been injured. Rest ice compression elevation for the injury will aid in the recovery process. If you fail to improve, seeing an orthopaedic specialist may be required. ...Read more

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Is a twisted knee the same as a sprained knee?

Is a twisted knee the same as a sprained knee?

Yes if..: If no tearing/rupturing of the ligament/tendon, then it is called sprained/strained knee. Strained is a bit more severe, but still no tearing.
Ice, rest, gentle range of motion/stretching...If symptoms worsen, see your doc... ...Read more

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Left knee feels like it's sprained or twisted?

Left knee feels like it's sprained or twisted?

Be seen: I would not hesitate to be seen, just to make sure it is not something more serious such as a torn meniscus or acl tear among other possibilities. ...Read more

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I have sprain knee, what do I do to help it heal?

I have sprain knee, what do I do to help it heal?

Rice: Typical recommendations are rest, ice, compression, elevation. But if it does not get better quickly I would not hesitate to be seen. The knee is different than the ankle. There are many people who initially think they have had a minor knee "sprain" who have turned out to have a meniscus it acl tear. ...Read more

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What should I do to recover from a sprained knee?

Degree dictates plan: A "sprained knee" is not specific enough a diagnosis your recovery pathway. A detailed determination of the actual structures injured and whether the sprain is mild, moderate, or severe will provide adequate information to prescribe a correct treatment algorithm in your case. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a sprained knee to heal?

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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How long are you on crutches after you sprain your knee?

How long are you on crutches after you sprain your knee?

up to a few weeks..: Depending on the severity of your injury and the level of need to walk/use your leg etc. Crutches are only need for a few days to couple of weeks in most cases. You tend to heal faster when young and in good health and longer and longer with age and concomitant illnesses. Often after a few days, you can hop around w/o cructhes. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take to fully heal from a sprained knee?

How long does it take to fully heal from a sprained knee?

Depends: Grades of sprain are classically considered mild-moderate- and severe. Mild is simply a bit of a stretch and heals in 2-4 weeks. A moderate sprain is where the ligaments are partially but not completely torn and these tend to take 4-6 weeks to heal. Severe injures are where the ligament is completely torn and they take 2-3 months to heal if at all. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take a sprained knee to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take a sprained knee to heal?

Varies with severity: Of the sprain. For mild ones, up to 3-4 weeks; for moderate ones, about 6-8;
for severe ones, up to 3-4 months; provided no further injuries occur, during the healing period. Kindly comply with the orthopedist's
advise, as that is the quickest way to improve and heal completely. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take for a sprained knee to heal?

Sprains: The usual answer is 6 weeks. If after 6 weeks you are not healed it certainly would be prudent to have it looked at. ...Read more

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Why does a knee that was sprain still hurt after a few weeks?

Common to still hurt: There are several grades of sprains, assuming you have been given this diagnosis. A grade ii sprain implies a partial tear of a ligament and symptoms often last for 3-8 weeks.

It sounds as if you need to follow-up with your physician for additional advice, or see one for the first time if you have not been formally evaluated. ...Read more

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To know if my knee is sprained do I have to go to the doctors?

To know if my knee is sprained do I have to go to the doctors?

Not necessarily...: It depends on how the severity. It could be sprained, or it could have more damage. Can you walk on it at all? You can initially try rice (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for a couple of days. Taking Ibuprofen or Naproxen would be ok also. If is not getting better, or you can't walk on it, I would probably go see a doc. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I sprained or strained my knee?

Can you tell me how to know if I sprained or strained my knee?

Yes: A sprain of the knee is usually associated with some degree of pain, swelling, tenderness, and probably some degree of pain with weight bearing. Do not hesitate to be seen by a physician to rule out a more severe injury such as a fracture or torn meniscus. ...Read more

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My sprained knee never healed. Is it too late to get it fixed?

My sprained knee never healed. Is it too late to get it fixed?

Depends: It will depend on the grade of injury and the ligaments and tendons involved. "sprains" to the acl rarely get stronger but get less painful where mcl and lcl often get better with conservative treatment. ...Read more

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Is a healed sprained knee different than before it was sprained?

Is a healed sprained knee different than before it was sprained?

Yes: An ankle sprain means that the ligament has torn and healed. Even after the healed scar tissue has matured, it will not be as elastic or as strong as the original. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your sprained knee to heal completely?

How long does it take for your sprained knee to heal completely?

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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Why is my knee stiffer than normal after 2 weeks of sprained knee?

Why is my knee stiffer than normal after 2 weeks of sprained knee?

Stiff knee common: Knee sprains are common, especially sprains of the MCL (medial collateral ligament). Stiffness of the knee is common for several weeks and is an expected part of healing. If not improving by 3 weeks post injury, evaluation by an Orthopaedic surgeon is warranted. ...Read more

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If I sprained my knee how long do I ice it ann when do I put heat on it?

If I sprained my knee how long do I ice it ann when do I put heat on it?

If pain is relieved: Classic teaching is ice first and heat later. Fact is, both increase blood flow. That's why your face turns red equally when you go outside in heat or freezing. So, apply if it feels good and don't if it feels bad. Neither make it heal better of faster per any valid study. Avoid freezing or burning skin. Don't keep ice on if it hurts. ...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