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Should I ice or heat a two week old knee sprain?

Should I ice or heat a two week old knee sprain?

Whatever works...: Usually I tell my patients to utilize whatever modality works for them. ...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 long does a knee sprain take to heal?

How long does a knee sprain 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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How long is it supposed to it take a knee sprain to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take a knee sprain 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. Pain lasting more than 6 weeks should prompt an evaluation, usually best done by an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do to help my knee (sprain) injury?

Please tell me what can I do to help my knee (sprain) injury?

See and orthopedist: Have it evaluated by an orthopedist. You may need to have it immobilized. In some more sever cases you may need to have surgical repair. ...Read more

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Off balance sometimes knee sprain and knee chondromalaia patelle what can help me?

Off balance sometimes knee sprain and knee chondromalaia patelle what can help me?

Therapy: Judicial therapy can potentially help with both chondromalacia as well as balance issues. Consider being referred to a physical therapist. ...Read more

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How long can I have swelling from a knee sprain?

How long can I have swelling from a knee sprain?

Few days to weeks: Swelling usually subsides in 2 weeks but sometimes can take a little bit longer. If you have fluid (effusion) in the joint then it indicates internal damage to meniscus or cruciate ligaments. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a medial collateral knee sprain to heal?

How long should it take for a medial collateral knee sprain to heal?

MCL Sprain: Mcl sprains are variable in how long the heal. There are different grades of severity of mcl sprains. The more severe the sprain the longer it takes to heal. Minor sprains can heal in a few weeks, more severe ones can take months. ...Read more

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Knee sprain, can't bend knee all the way due to pain. How can I walk?

Knee sprain, can't bend knee all the way due to pain. How can I walk?

Many possibilities: Knee pain can be due to many things such as gout, infection, inflammation of the bursa, or due to tendon, cartilage, or bone abnormalities. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I had knee sprain for so long time already. It doesn't cured. Can I do light exercises such as dance and swimming?

I had knee sprain for so long time already. It doesn't cured. Can I do light exercises such as dance and swimming?

Knee strain: I understand your frustration.
Do not become VICTIM of your pain, swelling or some limitations.
Make DVD of your activities prior to knee strain-walking, jogging, hiking, swimming, different kinds of dancing, sports; put music and narration with your creativity-Love your Knee.
See Orthopedic Specialist, have MRI for status of knee, discuss P.T., Medications, ultrasound, dance and swimming. ...Read more

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I am experiencing knee pain and I'm just curious if it could be a knee sprain because although I can bend it still I can't straighten it.?

I am experiencing knee pain and I'm just curious if it could be a knee sprain because although I can bend it still I can't straighten it.?

Meniscus tear?: Being unable to straighten the knee could be indicative of a lateral meniscus tear. It's best to see someone who can diagnose it. ...Read more

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Will knee stability improve after a severe knee sprain? My knee buckles inwards and is still unstable after 4 days, even though pain is almost gone.

Time Heals: Ligament and tendon sprain (as in the knee) can take months to heal. After ensuring that you have no major tears of meniscus or ligaments, you will benefit from using a brace (the otc elastic kind may be sufficient) - this will help stabilize the joint allowing better healing. Range of motion exercise, but but heavy exercise will benefit. Easy does it! ...Read more

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How long does a bad knee sprain take to heal?

How long does a bad knee sprain take to heal?

DEPENDS ON DIAGNOSIS: If acl is torn - never heals -needs surgery. Mri is needed to make diagnosis. ...Read more

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What should I do to workout while I have a knee sprain?

What should I do to workout while I have a knee sprain?

Light exercise ok: You should be able to perform light stretching and isometric knee exercises. Aerobic activities such as light swimming, aquatherapy, and stationary bike should be fine. Do not do anything which aggregates the pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a knee sprain in september of last year and it still hurts what is wrong with it?

What to do if I had a knee sprain in september of last year and it still hurts what is wrong with it?

See Orthopedic Doc: You need to see an orthopedic specialist/surgeon to see why you are having such pain. ...Read more

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Is there any way to test whether I have torn my meniscus or only have a simple knee sprain?

Is there any way to test whether I have torn my meniscus or only have a simple knee sprain?

MRI: Physical exam by an orthopaedic surgeon with complimentary MRI can usually differentiate between a meniscus tear and a ligament injury (sprain). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a torn meniscus? Is that the same as a knee sprain?

Not exactly: No technically a torn meniscus is not really a knee sprain. Sprains refer to injuring a ligament, in the knee this would refer to the acl/pcl or either of the collateral ligaments. Meniscus is a cartilage cushion but certainly can be torn. Honestly, unless you get an MRI there is no real way to know if you have torn your meniscus. But there are other reasons for your knee pain. ...Read more

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What to use for knee sprain, Advil or aleve (naproxen)?

What to use for knee sprain, Advil or aleve (naproxen)?

Equal: These two anti-inflammatory medications are equally effective. Remember also to rice (rest, ice, compression, elevation). Compression in this case is cautious use of a brace or binder bandage. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for a mild knee sprain and slight inflammation on the inner side?

What's the best treatment for a mild knee sprain and slight inflammation on the inner side?

Treatment:: Ice for 20 minutes, three to four times per day. You could wear a hinged knee brace for support. Only use crutches if you really need to. Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory if you can. ...Read more

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I think that I have a knee sprain or a LCL sprain. I heard a pop and crack while turning right.

I think that I have a knee sprain or a LCL sprain. I heard a pop and crack while turning right.

Could be: That could very well be the case. If it does not respond to rest, ice, elevation or if it is severe I would not hesitate to be seen and examined for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is a plaster of paris necessary for a knee sprain? I had a soccer injury, a knee sprain and I the dr strapped my knee with POP

Is a plaster of paris necessary for a knee sprain? I had a soccer injury, a knee sprain and I the dr strapped my knee with POP

Plaster paris cast: A sprain, fracture, tear? Non orthopedist will splint ( (i.e. not all the way around), if concerned about a fracture or unstable joint. Or can use pre-fab splints and crutches. Nowadays only orthopedists cast. Fractures are detected by xray. Ligament tears, meniscus tears by MRI. Except for fracture (and even w/ small fx) immobilize with brace, ace and give crutches. Discuss w ortho ...Read more

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A big purple mark started spreading all over da front and back of my left leg after a knee sprain I got I don't know what it is and I'm scared?

A big purple mark started spreading all over da front and back of my left leg after a knee sprain I got I don't know what it is and I'm scared?

Bruise: A knee sprain can result in tearing tiny blood vessels and bruising, both in the back of the knee and down the front. Consider getting assessed by your doctor if the purple area continues to spread. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w knee sprain & had an x ray taken, happened when jumping, I think something may be torn, it is incredibly swollen & can't bear weight?

Diagnosed w knee sprain & had an x ray taken, happened when jumping, I think something may be torn, it is incredibly swollen & can't bear weight?

An MRI can help: If you are still having difficulty bearing weight, an MRI can help. We ned to have you seen by a Sports medicine doctor or Orthopedist or PM&R doctor right away for an updated exam and imaging. If it is negative Physical therapy is in order. In the meantime, you can go to URgent care today for evaluation and continue rest, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory for swelling and pain and to wrap it w/ACE ...Read more

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How should the doctor treat my MCL knee sprain?

How should the doctor treat my MCL knee sprain?

MCL sprain: It depends upon the severity and other associated injuries, such as meniscal tear, acl and PCL and lcl tear. A mild sprain (grade! Mcl) just requires rest/possible short term bracing. Isolated mcls usually don't require surgery. If surgery is being done for other reasons and the mcl is grade 3 (complete), then surgery can be entertained. ...Read more

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Knee sprain, slight ligament tear, shin pain. What should I do to treat this pain?

Knee sprain, slight ligament tear, shin pain. What should I do to treat this pain?

Knee and shin pain: If they are mild, then short period of rest, ice, wrap/brace should be fine. If more significant, may need more time, pt, imaging. Check with orthopedic surgeon for good ligamentous exam to check your knee stability and for possible stress fracture of the tibia. ...Read more

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What's the key difference between a knee sprain and a small lateral meniscus tear?

What's the key difference between a knee sprain and a small lateral meniscus tear?

Ligament/cartilage: A knee sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament. A ligament connects a bone to a bone. 4 major ligaments of the knee- ACL, PCL, MCL, PCL. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage structure that sits between the femur and tibia. One on the outside/lateral meniscus and one on the inside/medial meniscus. A wide # of treatments exists for each. If I can help, then www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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No health insurance and I was refurred to physical therapy for my knee sprain. Can I do my own therapy at home by looking up workouts online?

No health insurance and I was refurred to physical therapy for my knee sprain. Can I do my own therapy at home by looking up workouts online?

Better for PT: It is pretty easy to make mistakes or accidentally cheat on doing stretches and also easy to misdiagnose yourself and do the wrong stretches, or do the right stretches poorly when looking things up on the internet. Even if you have to pay out of pocket, better to see pt 1-2 times to get it right. Just make clear in advance what your finance limitations are and goals for the session to limit cost. ...Read more

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Knee sprain x2days c/o foot being asleep up to calf x 1 day. Should go back to er?

Knee sprain x2days c/o foot being asleep up to calf x 1 day. Should go back to er?

Have it evaluated: Numbness resulting from trauma needs to be evaluated right away. Do not delay as you may develop irreparable damage. ...Read more

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I am 110 kg and 6 ft 3 inches age 31 years. I am walking since last three months to reduce weight and improve fitness. I got a above knee sprain. .

My sympathy: You body mass index is 30. Your goal is <25. To achieve your goal, you weight needs to be 90 kg. While exercise is beneficial in many ways, it will not cause weight loss. You must reduce the number of calories you eat. To avoid hunger, substitute calorie light foods for dense foods. Eat large amounts of veggies and fruits, drink lots of water, small amounts of fats, oils, and meats. Keep at it;. ...Read more

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ER last night, Dr. Dx: Right Knee sprain. X-ray, ok, exam and his stretching very painful, does x-ray show torn ligaments, should MRI be done?

ER last night, Dr. Dx: Right Knee sprain. X-ray, ok, exam and his stretching very painful, does x-ray show torn ligaments, should MRI be done?

No: No X-rays definitely do not show soft tissue structures, only bone. I would follow up with an orthopedic surgeon, a detailed exam would likely yield a likely diagnosis and whether it not an MRI would be indicated. ...Read more

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Went to sports med doc, said I have knee sprain but my knee completely pops out of place with simple walking and the pain is intolerable MRI normal?

Went to sports med doc, said I have knee sprain but my knee completely pops out of place with simple walking and the pain is intolerable MRI normal?

Get a 2nd opinion: Very few sports medicine doctors use the term "sprain" regarding the knee. Sprain means a tear of a ligament. In the knee there are 4 main ligaments and a fifth that stabilizes the patella (kneecap). I would expect a sports med doc to tell you which ligament has been torn. If something is "popping out of place", I doubt your MRI is normal. I would focus on your patella first. ...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

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How long for knee sprain to heal with arthritis?

How long for knee sprain to heal with arthritis?

Two issues: The knee sprain can recover in days to weeks depending on severity. The arthritis is chronic and is managed according to its severity but can be aggravated from the sprain injury. ...Read more

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Pain in upper leg muscle just above knee, comes and goes but is sore when walking, going on for two weeks, heat/ice not helping...What could it be?

Muscle or disc: If you have been exercising, there is a chance for muscle pull that needs rest. If the pain persists despite rest, therapy and anti-inflammatories, then a lumbar MRI may be needed to assess for disc herniation. ...Read more

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My 14 year old daughter is being treated for a sprained knee but her feet and lower leg are ice cold. Should I ask for sonogram to rule out dvt?

My 14 year old daughter is being treated for a sprained knee but her feet and lower leg are ice cold. Should I ask for sonogram to rule out dvt?

Great question!: That really is a good question. In general, dvt's will not cause a cold foot, but there are other things that can happen to an injured leg that would cause it to be cold. If you have any question about your daughter's treatment you should take her back, also, if her foot/leg is cold, pale, very painful, numb, and/or she can't walk on it, she should be seen immediately as it may be serious! ...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