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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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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 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