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What is the best OTC pain medicine for a sprained knee?

What is the best OTC pain medicine for a sprained knee?

Knee sprain: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) can help with both pain relief and in reducing inflammation. Examples are ibuprofen (like Advil, Nuprin or Motrin), Naproxen sodium (like Aleve, (naproxen) Naprosyn, Anaprox) or Asprin (such as Bayer, Ecotrin, Ascriptin). Avoid NSAID's if pregnant or allergic to them. In that situation can consider acetaminophen. ...Read more

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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


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When's the best time to go back to school with sprained knee and without cruches?

When's the best time to go back to school with sprained knee and without cruches?

When your knee pain: You'll usually require crutches from your symptoms of pain. As it lessens, the crutches can go! ...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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How long before a sprained knee heals?

How long before a sprained knee heals?

Variable: Sprains can take as little as a few days, or as long as months to heal. See your doctor to make sure there is not a tear causing the pain. ...Read more

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Is a twisted knee the same as a sprained knee?

Is a twisted knee the same as a sprained knee?

Yes if..: If no tearing/rupturing of the ligament/tendon, then it is called sprained/strained knee. Strained is a bit more severe, but still no tearing. Ice, rest, gentle range of motion/stretching...If symptoms worsen, see your doc... ...Read more

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What should I do to recover from a sprained knee?

What should I do to recover from a sprained knee?

Degree dictates plan: A "sprained knee" is not specific enough a diagnosis your recovery pathway. A detailed determination of the actual structures injured and whether the sprain is mild, moderate, or severe will provide adequate information to prescribe a correct treatment algorithm in your case. ...Read more

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Why is my knee stiffer than normal after 2 weeks of sprained knee?

Why is my knee stiffer than normal after 2 weeks of sprained knee?

Stiff knee common: Knee sprains are common, especially sprains of the MCL (medial collateral ligament). Stiffness of the knee is common for several weeks and is an expected part of healing. If not improving by 3 weeks post injury, evaluation by an Orthopaedic surgeon is warranted. ...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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Would your calf swell with a sprained knee?

Would your calf swell with a sprained knee?

Maybe: Swelling below the knee following an injury is common but calf swelling can also mean a dvt-clot.- or just too much sitting. If it does not improve with elevation it needs professional evaluation. ...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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Can a sprained knee cause problems on the opposite leg?

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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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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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?

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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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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How long to heal a sprained knee? It has been 5 weeks, and still can't bend much past a 90 degree angle. No pain, just no rom.

How long to heal a sprained knee? It has been 5 weeks,  and still can't bend much past a 90 degree angle.  No pain, just no rom.

Not just sprained: If you have only 90 degrees bending, then you have a frozen stiffening knee. You must have this evaluated soon. The proper diagnosis must be established and treatment initiated. Letting it get any stiffer would likely lead to long-term consequences. There must be pain if you're not bending beyond 90, otherwise you must push to full range of motion. ...Read more

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Sprained knee 8 weeks ago. Thought it healed. 2x this week i knelt and then couldnt straighten without severe pain. Is this related? Normal?

Sprained knee 8 weeks ago. Thought it healed. 2x this week i knelt and then couldnt straighten without severe pain. Is this related? Normal?

get an exam: 'sprained knees' is a generic term for and injury to your knee. If your knee continues to hurt, swell , 'catch' etc. See an ors for an examination.Once a diagnosis is made , proper treatment can begin. ...Read more

Analgesic (Definition)

An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more