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How long does it take for bone bruise around knee to heal? Should you avoid playing sports on it within the days following injury?

How long does it take for bone bruise around knee to heal? Should you avoid playing sports on it within the days following injury?

Weeks: A bone bruise can take several weeks, up to 6 - 8 weeks to heal. I would avoid sports for 1 - 2 weeks, then gradually resume, and back off again if symptoms return. Good luck! ...Read more

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Left knee has a bone bruise. Its 6 weeks after incident/MRI and still in pain. How much longer can I expect to recover until I can play sports etc.?

Left knee has a bone bruise. Its 6 weeks after incident/MRI and still in pain. How much longer can I expect to recover until I can play sports etc.?

Rest it: The less you use it, the faster it will heal. This is one case where you should not "suck it up" and return to sports too early. Continued stress on a weakened bone can lead to displaced intra articular fracture and premature arthritis. Go with protected weight bearing until there is no more pain, then it should be fully healed. ...Read more

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Can scar tissue in your knee can effect you playing sports?

Can scar tissue in your knee can effect you playing sports?

Yes.: It can alter the mechanics within your knee joint and cause symptoms such as pain, swelling and weakness. See an orthopedic knee specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have knee arthritus can I still play sports. Should I wear knee protection?

I have knee arthritus can I still play sports. Should I wear knee protection?

You can play, but...: You can continue to play your sports as long as you can tolerate the pain and discomfort caused by the arthritis in your knees. If the pain becomes too bothersome, you could try corticosteroid injections or hyaluronic acid injections into the knee. Arthritis is an internal inflammation of the joint, so wearing external knee braces won't do anything to alleviate your pain or protect your knees. ...Read more

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Does playing sports wearing shoes with studs/spikes/cleats increase the risk of knee injury?

Does playing sports wearing shoes with studs/spikes/cleats increase the risk of knee injury?

Spikes & Sports: The answer is yes and no. Shoes with "traction enhanced" surfaces came into vogue as sports participation evolved onto different artfiicial playing fields. Slips often caused hyperextension injuries. Rotational injuries are more common today due to force transmission up the leg to the knee and hip courtesy of a well entrenched foot. A well conditioned athlete can compensate with training. ...Read more

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If someone has a knee reconstruction is it possible for them to play sports that they did before?

If someone has a knee reconstruction is it possible for them to play sports that they did before?

Yes, but depends on: Final outcome of surgery will depend upon the degree and nature of the problem, and as determined by ortho. Ligament reconstruction 2-8 wks. Amount and intensity of weight bearing, returning to work, kind & intensity of activity/sports, may be few weeks. If cartilage gone, full recovery-never. May have to avoid spec sport, limit to low impact, change lifestyle. Follow-up with ortho will determine. ...Read more

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Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?

Will wearing a knee brace while playing sports make it less likely to have an injury or more likely?

Stability: The thought is that wearing a knee brace helps to stabilize the knee and associated ligaments and tendons when you are experiencing pain or minor injury. I see the brace as a protective factor while playing sports if you are dealing with knee tendon or ligament strain/pain. I doubt if it would really benefit or protect you to wear one if no injury exists however. ...Read more

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My left knee got a bruise from playing floor hockey. And sometimes it makes it hard to run? What is it?

My left knee got a bruise from playing floor hockey. And sometimes it makes it hard to run? What is it?

A bruise is a bruise: If you fell and bruised your knee, then it can hurt for up to 2 weeks. If you injury was more severe than that, and you twisted it or wrenched it and caused a sprain or strain it can take longer to get better. If you have severe pain and trouble walking, get seen. Otherwise don't do things that hurt (pain means you are causing ongoing damage and delaying healing) until you are better. ...Read more

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Haven't played sports in 7 yrs, played rugby yesterday and have extreme pain under both my knee caps, what could of caused this?

Haven't played sports in 7 yrs, played rugby yesterday and have extreme pain under both my knee caps, what could of caused this?

Patella overload: Exposure to repetitive squats, jumps and high impact after a long period little or no exercise can easily provoke pain at the patellofemoral joint. For the knee, and patella to function at capacity the quads and hamstring muscles must be in shape. Next time make the effort to get in shape for the sport before you aggressively try to do it. ...Read more

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I've been having pain in my upper right knee for a while already, and the pain is strong. I play sports everyday. Should I be concerned?

I've been having pain in my upper right knee for a while already, and the pain is strong. I play sports everyday. Should I be concerned?

Exam: Have your doctor assess your knee. Pain is not normal. You are young and likely want to continue playing sports. All the best. ...Read more

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I have knee injury from months and I have a broken part of my knee on the front side which pops out when I bend it, I play sports, any solution?

I have knee injury from months and I have a broken part of my knee on the front side which pops out when I bend it, I play sports, any solution?

Possibly therapy: It is hard to say without more info. But you may have injured the ligaments that stabilize your knee cap. If that is the case, flexion of the knee can cause the knee cap to begin to sublux or even dislocate from the knee. Often therapy to strengthen a muscle known as the vmo helps. If not, surgery may be required. Thank you fir the question. ...Read more

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I injured my knee playing sports in the 6th grade and now my knee pops out of place it pops right back but the pain is unbearable what should I do?

I injured my knee playing sports in the 6th grade and now my knee pops out of place it pops right back but the pain is unbearable what should I do?

See Ortho or Sports: Not sure what you mean by pops out of place, whether it is the knee or the knee cap but either case may be the result of a tear or other laxity. It needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. (because of the pain, evaluate sooner rather than later.). ...Read more

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I can't bend my knee all the way, although I can move it side ways, and I can run distances, play a demanding sport (football) with out feeling pain.

I can't bend my knee all the way, although I can move it side ways, and I can run distances, play a demanding sport (football) with out feeling pain.

Fluid in the knee: Mostly likely you have fluid in the knee. Is the problem in only one knee? Did it begin after a trauma? Do get checked for a cause, for changes you may need to make in your training program or movement mechanics, and to work out an appropriate treatment plan. In the meantime, apply local ice to the knee to see if that helps the range of motion, and avoid activities that make it worse. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain this pain usually occurs after I play sports everyday and when I am sitting for atleaste 15 minutes with my knee bent or duri?

I am experiencing knee pain this pain usually occurs after I play sports everyday and when I am sitting for atleaste 15 minutes with my knee bent or duri?

Inflammation: Sounds like you're pretty active. Probably just minor inflammation. I would rest for one week, try orc meds, ice, knee brace and monitor for progressing symptoms. ...Read more

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What can cause medial knee pain in a 22 year-old male that started about two weeks ago and never gone away? I have a history of knee injuries from playing sports all throughout my life.

What can cause medial knee pain in a 22 year-old male that started about two weeks ago and never gone away? I have a history of knee injuries from playing sports all throughout my life.

Knee Pain: Many things can cause this pain, you are young get it checked. See your family doc who can get the workup started and refer you to an orthopedic surgeon as needed. ...Read more

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When should you know when to stop playing and get evaluated after you are injured. What should you do for a bruise knee?

When should you know when to stop playing and get evaluated after you are injured. What should you do for a bruise knee?

Bruised knee: If at anytime the knee is swollen, stiff and difficult to bear weight an evaluation is needed by a physician, etc. Any signs of locking, catching or instability would also warrant seeing a medical professional. Till then rest, ice and brace as needed. ...Read more

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I have semi-serious knee problems for someone my age-24. I play sports but often have pain afterwards. What can I do to make them more resilient?

Physical therapy: Most knee pain in young athletes can be reduced by working with a sports-oriented physical therapist that can design an individualized program for your symptoms. Most commonly, gluteus medius strengthening and quad/hamstring co-contraction work can protect the knees and decrease symptoms. See a sports med doc for further guidance. ...Read more

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What should you do for a bruise knee should you play soccer?

What should you do for a bruise knee should you play soccer?

No play: Better to give rest for your knee for a week and then use some splinter for knee for next 2 weeks. ...Read more

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A bruise appeared on my kneecap after playing ball. I also have knee arthritus.

A bruise appeared on my kneecap after playing ball. I also have knee arthritus.

Contusion: Sounds like a simple contusion from impact playing ball. Arthritis doesn't cause bruising. If you have significant swelling, loss of motion or pain, follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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Does anyone tear his ACL and PCL in the same knee at the same time, while playing sports?

Does anyone tear his ACL and PCL in the same knee at the same time, while playing sports?

If it dislocates: I agree with the above. In certain cases where there is more trauma and a dislocation occurs both ligaments can be torn at the same time. Fortunately this is uncommon, but there are
some serious potential neurovascular side effects with the
type of injury. ...Read more

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A year ago I twisted my knee playing sport and I think I have torn my meniscus too what extent would I need surgery?

A year ago I twisted my knee playing sport and I think I have torn my meniscus too what extent would I need surgery?

Need eval: Torn meniscus issues are commonly associated with degenerative processes within the knee. If you think you tore it, an orthopaedic surgeon will be able to give you the knowledge and options you'll need to decide if you need surgery. ...Read more

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I have a mild numbing around a small area above my left knee (vastus lateralis). Will playing contact sport increase this damage?

I have a mild numbing around a small area above my left knee (vastus lateralis). Will playing contact sport increase this damage?

Probably not: Your symptoms sound like meralgia paresthetica. Are you wearing a leather construction tool belt? Are your jeans too tight at the waist? If persists you might see a neurologist. Cause of meralgia p. Is constriction and bruising of a femoral cutaneous nerve that crosses the pelvic brim on way to anterior thigh skin. ...Read more

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I get pains in my knee and I'm turning 17 in a couple of days I am just wondering if it's growing pains? I play a lot of sports aswell.

Depends...: Hard to say what the cause is without a little more info--how long this been happening? Both knees? Where is the pain exactly? Just below the knee (tibia)? Front of knee (patella)? Inside? Behind? Is it worse at night? With movement? Clicks/pops/cracks? Swelling? After sports or at the end of the day? It would be worth seeing your pediatrician about it, especially if you're serious about sports. ...Read more

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Having a lot of pain in my knees while playing sports. I'm 17 and when I step, my knees crack. Should I be concerned or take meds, etc.?

Having a lot of pain in my knees while playing sports. I'm 17 and when I step, my knees crack. Should I be concerned or take meds, etc.?

NSAIDs: Well the best is the least strength medication you can use to reduce your pain. I would suggest, stretching/strengthening and icing knee and using an ibuprofen/aleve/tylenol medications first. If they don't help, the consider evaluation by sports medicine doctor to see why you are hurting. ...Read more

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How long after knee replacement surgery can you go back 2 playing sports. I, m fit and well most of the time though I can get pain now nd again.

How long after knee replacement surgery can you go back 2 playing sports. I, m fit and well most of the time though I can get pain now nd again.

Let me explain: Knee replacement in young age have it is own problems? The joint made of certain alloys, it is artificial joints, those joint follow the law of wear and tear, so I would be careful with it. ...Read more

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I have some pain behind my knee I like my upper calf area, playing sports and running its fine seems like it's only when I squat. Any thoughts?

I have some pain behind my knee I like my upper calf area, playing sports and running its fine seems like it's only when I squat. Any thoughts?

Cyst or Strain: First of all lay off the exercise and see your doctor for an exam. Possibilities include a strained muscle or ligament. Another possibility may be a ruptured cyst which is behind the knee, called a Baker's cyst. Either way you need to be examined to get a true diagnosis. ...Read more

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What do you think is wrong with my knee? A little over two months ago, I fell really hard on my knee playing basketball. It swelled a little, but never bruised. It still swells sometimes when I run on it and hurts when working out and playing basketball.

What do you think is wrong with my knee? A little over two months ago, I fell really hard on my knee playing basketball. It swelled a little, but never bruised. It still swells sometimes when I run on it and hurts when working out and playing basketball.

Understanding: Understanding that I would like more info to answer more accurately,
i am concerned that you can't fully bend or extend your knee
you may have fractured your knee cap or torn your patellar (or less likely) your quad tendon.

To clarify, can you fully extend or flex? Does pain limit the flex/ext? Or is flex/ext not possible in any circumstance?

Other considerations include torn, unstable meniscus and ligament tear.

I recommend evaluation by a local orthopaedic surgeon at your earliest convenience. ...Read more