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Dr. Nina Hall Dr. Hall
Surgery
years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Hyperextended knee w/ a couple of cracks during a soccer game. Leg locked & someone pushed me. Pain in the inner & outer knee. Can't fully extend my knee?

Hyperextended knee w/ a couple of cracks during a soccer game. Leg locked & someone pushed me. Pain in the inner & outer knee. Can't fully extend my knee?

Get seen!: Sounds like mechanism for injury for both ligamentous and meniscus injury. Ice 20 minutes 3x/day, advil/ibuprofen for discomfort but this injury needs to see a doctor!

Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Which muscles should I strengthen to treat hyperextended knee?

Which muscles should I strengthen to treat hyperextended knee?

Exercise and PT: Get a physical therapy evaluation. He muscles that support you knee would be the anterior quadriceps and hamstrings. Get a pt evaluation.

Dr. John Michalski Dr. Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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How long does it take for knee swelling to go down around upper knee after a hyperextended knee?

How long does it take for knee swelling to go down around upper knee after a hyperextended knee?

Knee swelling: It depends upon the amount of energy and injury-type. A quad pull or partial tear may stay swollen. A hematoma may stay swollen. A synovitis may wax and wane. Should be examined if not improved.

Dr. Christine Strohmeyer Dr. Strohmeyer
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Hyperextended knee. No pain, just muscles on top of knee feel"thick". Been doing knee strengthening and feels a little better. Concern?

Hyperextended knee. No pain, just muscles on top of knee feel"thick". Been doing knee strengthening and feels a little better. Concern?

No: Most likely just strained or stretched the anterior cruciate ligament. Quadricep strengthening exercises, ice, and sometimes a pull-on knee brace with patellar opening or a patellar strap can be helpful.

Dr. Thomas Deberardino Dr. Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
New York Medical College
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What is the fastest way to recover from a hyperextended knee?

What is the fastest way to recover from a hyperextended knee?

Rest-ace wrap-brace: Most knee hyperextension injuries resolve with time and occasionally physical therapy. You should try rest, ice, compression, and avoid positions or activities that allow the knee to potentially hyperextend (no running, jumping, changing directions rapidly) until your knee no longer hurts when it is extended. If the pain persists for more than 7-10 days, you should seek medical evaluation.

Dr. Thomas Deberardino Dr. Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Does a hyperextended knee also lead to calf swelling?

Does a hyperextended knee also lead to calf swelling?

Yes, calf X's knee: The calf muscles cross the back of the knee as they originate from the back of the thigh bone next to the knee capsule. When the knee hyperextends, the back of the knee often over stretches. This can cause injury to your knee that includes the posterior capsule and juxtaposed calf muscles. The calf muscles can become strained or torn causing pain and swelling in the injured calf muscle.

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Dr. Lawrence Scalzo Dr. Scalzo
Family Medicine
23 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Hyperextended knee 9 months ago. Was told to ice it and it would be good but still hurts to kick, plant/ turn, & brace self on that leg. What's wrong?

Hyperextended knee 9 months ago. Was told to ice it and it would be good but still hurts to kick, plant/ turn, & brace self on that leg. What's wrong?

Meniscus tear?: Need mri to prove it; likely if knee gives way and collapses or ratchet like feeling in knee. Get an xray adn mri, this will show it. Could be tear in acl [anterior cruciate ligament] or pcl[posterior cruciate ligament]

Dr. Scott Hacker Dr. Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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How do you heal up a hyperextended knee?

How do you heal up a hyperextended knee?

R.I.C.E.: Rest, icing, compression and elevation are the simple first steps to help heal your knee. If still having trouble after a few weeks of this, you will need to see an orthopedist to determine of any serious damage has been done. Try the simple things first. Add in some light strengthening and cardio if all is well on your road to recovery.

Dr. Susan Arnoult Dr. Arnoult
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How much time does it take to heal a hyperextended knee?

How much time does it take to heal a hyperextended knee?

4-6 weeks: Depending on how bad the sprain of the ligaments and muscles was initially - most sprains/ strains heal within 4-6 weeks. If it was mild then usually you feel a lot better by 2 weeks. At your (our) age, you should be careful not to return to strenuous exercise too early and let the knee heal so as not to re-injure it more seriously.

Dr. Daryl Larke Dr. Larke
Orthopedic Surgery
41 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Brian Straus Dr. Straus
Orthopedic Surgery
16 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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How to tell the difference between a torn ACL and a hyperextended knee?

How to tell the difference between a torn ACL and a hyperextended knee?

MRI: This may be very difficult for the layperson. Typically an acl rupture will be associated with a 'pop' in the knee and swelling, but not always. A physical exam is very important and an MRI is usually obtained if clinical suspicion is high.

Dr. David Nelson Dr. Nelson
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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I have a hyperextended knee. I am looking into getting a knee brace to support it until I can get surgery? What would you suggest?

I have a hyperextended knee. I am looking into getting a knee brace to support it until I can get surgery? What would you suggest?

Ligament brace: Look for a brace with metal supports on each side of your knee. It is often called a ligament brace. It will keep your knee as stable as possible.

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. David Dinhofer Dr. Dinhofer
Radiology
37 years in practice
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Hyperextended knee 2 months ago. Still feels tight behind knee and sore, especially after doing activity. What could be going on?

Hyperextended knee 2 months ago. Still feels tight behind knee and sore, especially after doing activity. What could be going on?

Chronic tear: With hyperextension, you could have partially torn a tendon, muscle, or ligament around the knee. Here is a link to potential injuries. Http://www. Physioadvisor. Com. Au/7660150/knee-pain-knee-injury-diagnosis-physioadvisor. Htm I personally recommend massage therapy with physical therapy for chronic pain syndromes. If this doesn't work, you will need a more in depth evaluation.

Dr. Arnold Beresh Dr. Beresh
Podiatry
37 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
Family Medicine
years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Hyperextended knee reaching over couch, felt and heard pop in knee, severe pain for an hr. Then could walk with pain. On cipro (ciprofloxacin) for a wk-ureteral stent?

See orthopedist: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is associated with tendon rupture, and a"pop" with pain suggests significant injury. Suggest you see an orthopedist for examination.

Dr. Josef Geldwert Dr. Geldwert
Podiatry
44 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Knee pain. Knocked, hyperextended n arthritic knees. 56. Too young for knee replacement. Other treatment options?

Knee pain. Knocked, hyperextended n arthritic knees. 56. Too young for knee replacement. Other treatment options?

Visco sup. Injection: Knee strengthening program which should also include core strengthening plus shock absorbing foot orthoses can be helpful. Also visco supplementation injections (syngvisc or Orthovisc) to help lubricate the joints and if in pain cortisone.

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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After 6 weeks of therapy after patella femoral replacement when I stand straight the back of the knee hyperextended and catches. Any idea?

After 6 weeks of therapy after patella femoral replacement when I stand straight the back of the knee hyperextended and catches. Any idea?

Varies: There are several possibilities, I would certainly let your surgeon know. A change in the relative tension between your extensor mechanism (which includes your patellafemoral joint) and your stabiling structures in the back of the knee can be one cause. Again, I would make your surgeon aware you are having this problem.

Dr. David Trettin Dr. Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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In what way can knee hyperextension be treated?

Depends if. ..: Depends if your knee is symptomatic (painful or feels loose!) if u have no symptoms than no treatment is necessary for a knee that "hyperextends" (recurvatum).If u have feelings of knee looseness or posterior knee discomfort than a strengthening program for your legs (quads esp.) plus a brace to keep your leg from hyperextendimg would be my first choice. See an ors for eval. Gl!