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I have sprained my leg on 4 jan and it got better in 2 weeks but I still have pain episodes sometimes, but not daily. Is tihs normal? Pain forever?

I have sprained my leg on 4 jan and it got better in 2 weeks but I still have pain episodes sometimes, but not daily. Is tihs normal? Pain forever?

No!: Healing fdrom a saprainead ankle may take quite some time. Be patient. I suspect your problem will be short lived. However, that said, sprains can be complicated nd more tissue damage than usual can occur. Specialized imaging may be needed if your problem sdoesn't go away! Protect the ankle with A simple brace-not like one in the photo I selected! ...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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Thrown off 2nd story roof age 2 ended with severe sprain both legs. Pain in legs lasted till now age 27. Why do my knees/hips hurt even when bending?

Thrown off 2nd story roof age 2 ended with severe sprain both legs. Pain in legs lasted till now age 27. Why do my knees/hips hurt even when bending?

Thorough work up: I agree that x-rays are a good place to start. A good evaluation to determine if the discomfort is coming from the bones, muscles, or nerves is helpful and can help direct treatment. One cleared, a tailored exercise program developed by a physical therapist will help you find ways to achieve your goals with minimal discomfort. ...Read more

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I will start PT next week for my sprained leg but I believe it will hurt a lot to do exercises with it... Why would I exercise an painful leg?

I will start PT next week for my sprained leg but I believe it will hurt a lot to do exercises with it... Why would I exercise an painful leg?

It all depends on-: -the severity of the tear. Graded 1-3. 1=minor no significant tissue injury.
2=some muscle tissue torn, will swell and may Become bruised, the blood runs down hill so it can appear below the injury. Longer rest & recovery.
3=complete tear or at least severe muscle damage. Ur orthopedic guy will have a protocol 2 follow 4 each level. B sure U R Cing orthopedics. ...Read more

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How do I know if my leg is sprained if my leg has been hurting at the knee for a week?

How do I know if my leg is sprained if my leg has been hurting at the knee for a week?

Sprain: Patients usually remember a injury when they sprain their knee. When there is no recall of injury it may be more of a mechanical issue such as improper shoes that create more grip or new activity such as dancing, also consider the surface in which one may be running on or a tendinitis due to overuse. ...Read more

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I sprained my right leg ankle twice. Once 3 months ago and now. Why did it happen and what should I do?

I sprained my right leg ankle twice. Once 3 months ago and now. Why did it happen and what should I do?

Physiotherapy: An ankle sprain usually results in disruption and weakening of your ankle ligaments. If it is not cared for well in the first instance, the weakened ligaments become prone to further sprains. You need to see a Physiotherapist who can help strengthen the ankle structures. You also need to look at the activities that are causing the sprain. Are you wearing correct footwear? Are you warming up? ...Read more

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Sprained lumbar with leg soreness is what term?

Sprained lumbar with leg soreness is what term?

Radiculopathy: If you are speaking of lower back pain with pain radiating down the leg with associated numbness and tingling; the term is radiculopathy. ...Read more

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I have a sprained lumbar with leg soreness, please help?

I have a sprained lumbar with leg soreness, please help?

Rest in bed for --: No more than 2 days + take a pain med (like advil (ibuprofen) or aleve), a muscle relaxer, apply a heating pad for 20-30 minutes x 3-4 times a day, and start stretching exercises.
If not improving after 3-5 days, or if you develop numbness in toes/foot or leg, see pcp for further evaluation/investigations.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I address sprained lumbar with leg soreness?

How can I address sprained lumbar with leg soreness?

Proper diagnosis 1st: This 'sprain' could be something more serious such as a disc herniation. Xrays, mri, strength & sensory tests are standard. Also, osteopathic hands-on diagnosis can prove very helpful in determining the cause, esp. If radiology is negative. Often what is thought to be a strain is something simpler & amenable to conservative, manipulative treatment. ...Read more

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Can I climb? I use NSAID for grade II sprained leg. The PC lab is upstairs and I am returning on Mon. I don't feel so much pain lately. Will it hurt?

Can I climb? I use NSAID for grade II sprained leg. The PC lab is upstairs and I am returning on Mon. I don't feel so much pain lately. Will it hurt?

Probably: If you've been diagnosed with a grade II sprain then presumably your treating physician has given you an appropriate brace for your leg, in which case it should be safe to climb stairs. Hard to predict whether that will be painful or not, but if the brace is secure then you should be ok. Check in with your treating physician if you still have questions. ...Read more

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Why would an ankle sprain cause lower leg pain?

Why would an ankle sprain cause lower leg pain?

Sprain is injury of: The ligament, it could strech or rupture completetly which also injury to the nerve supply the are of the sprain that lead to painful situation. ...Read more

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Having trouble staying asleep. Currently on Voltaren (diclofenac) due to sprained leg, but my pain is supportive. What seems to be the problem?

Having trouble staying asleep. Currently on Voltaren (diclofenac) due to sprained leg, but my pain is supportive. What seems to be the problem?

Sleep: Depends on following a good sleep hygiene; trial of avoiding stimulants
Going to bed on regular time
Avoiding external stimulation like light and noise
Exercise
Eat regularly, do not lay in bed or take naps during the day. Get exposed to light during the day and darkness during sleeping time. If your sleep fails to improve see a doctor. Medications like Melatonin or ambien (zolpidem) may help ...Read more

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I have being experiencing a sharp pain around my hip and d ball bones of my leg, doc says its muscle pls how can I deal with muscle sprains in my leg?

I have being experiencing a sharp pain around my hip and d ball bones of my leg, doc says its muscle pls how can I deal with muscle sprains in my leg?

Muscle strain: I would suggest taking 7-10 days off from an heavy aerobics. Use Advil or Aleve (naproxen) (if not allergic to these medications). local ice as needed, BioFreeze muscle cream. Not sure what you mean by "d ball bones of leg"?? - when in doubt, obtain an orthopedic and PT evaluation. ...Read more

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Somehow while walking I think I sprained my left leg near upper thigh hurts to put pressure on it. Any advice for treatment? Rest for a day?

Somehow while walking I think I sprained my left leg near upper thigh hurts to put pressure on it. Any advice for treatment? Rest for a day?

Yes, rest a couple: Of days. It's important to apply an ice pack for 15 minutes every 4 hours to relieve the swelling. Some Ibuprofen may help if you re not allergic. And see your doc if not better. ...Read more

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Is it normal with a sprained knee for my leg to be swollen, my toes to be tingly and my knee to keep popping?

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). ...Read more

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Sprained ankle on the leg that has lymphedema, it's been a year and still not healed. Right side of foot bothers me when I walk. Will it ever heal?

Sprained ankle on the leg that has lymphedema, it's been a year and still not healed. Right side of foot bothers me when I walk. Will it ever heal?

Ankle Sprain Healing: Statistically, 10% of all ankle sprains have some residual problem after one year. This can be muscle weakness, ligament instability, missed bone injuries, stiffness, etc. Most of these problems are minor, but not if you are getting some disability. Have it checked out by a podiatrist or orthopedist. Hopefully, the cure is quite simple. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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I had a bad leg sprain on 4 jan and it still hurts! I got bored of painkillers... Is it normal to still hurt?

I had a bad leg sprain on 4 jan and it still hurts! I got bored of painkillers... Is it normal to still hurt?

No: A sprain, even if it was "bad" as you say really should better by now. It suggests there may be something else going on. You may need a repeat evaluation and further testing, including possibly an MRI if you have not already had one. ...Read more

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I had a bad leg sprain with some broken ligaments and I am better now. But, I still can't walk normally even if I have no pain. Why? Can I walk normal

I had a bad leg sprain with some broken ligaments and I am better now. But, I still can't walk normally even if I have no pain. Why? Can I walk normal

Get Thee to Pee Tee!: Aha! This brings up an important point: Rehab. After an injury the body adjusts and as the healing continues adjusts again and again. But what if it the body gets at odds with itself? Like adjusting to scarring or weakness after the injury? That's where a good rehabilitation program helps. Either done at home with proper instructions or with the help of a physical therapist (PT), or both. Check it out! ...Read more

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I have had my right leg sprained a month ago and now Iam able to walk but I still got a bump on outer angle l ankle. If I walk it is getting more red?

I have had my right leg sprained a month ago and now Iam able to walk but I still got a bump on outer angle l ankle. If I walk it is getting more red?

Residual swelling: Sometimes because of the soft tissue trauma there is residual swelling left over (the damaged tissues separate easier & retain fluid).Thus you may require additional wrapping &/or leg elevation for resolution of this edema. I would recommend you see a Podiatrist or Sports Medicine MD. They may recommend additional Physical Therapy for ankle proprioception exercising & edema massage. Keep us posted. ...Read more

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MY LEFT LEG, ANKLES SWOLLEN WHEN I WAKEUP, BUT THEY ARE NORMAL WHEN I SLEEP... WHY?? MY LEFT LEG NEVER HURT, RIGHT LEG SPRAIN HALF YEAR AGO

MY LEFT LEG, ANKLES SWOLLEN WHEN I WAKEUP, BUT THEY ARE NORMAL WHEN I SLEEP... WHY?? MY LEFT LEG NEVER HURT, RIGHT LEG SPRAIN HALF YEAR AGO

Many Causes: Swelling can be caused by many things but the most common is problems with your veins. Varicose veins, venous insufficiency and venous stasis can cause pooling of the fluid from you blood in your ankles and feet. This is more likely to occur as a person ages. I recommend you see your primary care doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Help! My leg hurts a lot, I think I sprained it?

Help! My leg hurts a lot, I think I sprained it?

RICE: Rest your leg. Ice the injured area. You can place light compression over affected area. Elevate the extremity. ...Read more

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I sprained my hamstring about a week ago ago but know the whole back of my leg is a dark purple. And the back of my know and leg is sientive?

I sprained my hamstring about a week ago ago but know the whole back of my leg is a dark purple. And the back of my know and leg is sientive?

Hamstring: More than just a sprain. Tore some musclefibers and hemorrhaged into area. Now rising to surface as bruising. Massage, stretching gently, cont ice. Will be fairly long recovery/rehab. ...Read more

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Relative's leg GT sprained 5 yrs bck curently swollen n turned black, report state-soft tissue oedema. Advice 2 keep leg alight bt of no use, please help?

Relative's leg GT sprained 5 yrs bck curently swollen n turned black, report state-soft tissue oedema. Advice 2 keep leg alight bt of no use, please help?

Chronic swelling: Your relative might have done more damage with the sprain than originally thought. I would recommend evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Why has my leg swollen after spraining my ankle?

Why has my leg swollen after spraining my ankle?

Get an x-ray: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. ...Read more

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Can a sprained knee cause problems on the opposite leg?

Compensation: Having a sprained knee causes you to compensate by putting more weight on the other leg. This may cause pain in the area. ...Read more

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How long will it take before I could walk on my leg after a knee sprained?

How long will it take before I could walk on my leg after a knee sprained?

Should be anytime: If it hurts that much to walk on a sprain, you may want to get further imaging studies done like X-Ray and MRI. There may be more damage than was thought originally. If its just a sprain, occasional protection for a few days on crutches might be OK. However don't go too long using that or the muscles will stiffen and you may start to atrophy. Take NSAIDs and ice the area around the clock. ...Read more

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Sprained my knee 7months ago took a week to "heal" now the pain of it being sprained is back & I cant put my leg straight without it hurtin. Help?! /:

Sprained my knee 7months ago took a week to "heal" now the pain of it being sprained is back & I cant put my leg straight without it hurtin. Help?! /:

Internal ligament: You probably damaged the ligament of the knee and you need to get this evaluated by orthopedic. Meanwhile if you have a knee brace, and a cane use this till seen. ...Read more

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I have sprained or strained an old injury to the inside back of the leg that starts behind and above the knee and goes up the leg what do I do for it?

I have sprained or strained an old injury to the inside back of the leg that starts behind and above the knee and goes up the leg what do I do for it?

Rest: Difficult to know what this"old" injury may be but your anatomic description suggests you irrititated a hamstring injury. If this is correct than hamstring 'strains' do best w/ rest/ nsaids etc. See your physician if no improvement ...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