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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

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

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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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

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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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If you have a sprained knee grade one, do you need crutches or a knee brace?

If you have a sprained knee grade one, do you need crutches or a knee brace?

Many options: Depending on the condition some treatment options may include rest, ice, compression and elevation, bracing, injection, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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When I walk with cruches and my sprained knee why does my knee hurt later on?

Injury: While some components of an injury can have less pain, by restricted weight bearing, they may still cause symptoms secondary to swelling, inflammation, and even bleeding. If it does not improve, consider an MRI for a more specific diagnosis beyond a simple " sprain." ...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

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How do you treat a sprained knee?

How do you treat a sprained knee?

Knee sprain: Depends on the severity of the injury. Minor. Try rest, ice compression and gentle stretch. If you have significant pain, swelling, increased by weight bearing than you should be seen by an orhopaedist ...Read more

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What can I do for a sprained knee?

What can I do for a sprained knee?

Many options: Depending on the condition some treatment options may include rest, ice, compression and elevation, bracing, injection, pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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

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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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What dosage of naproxen for sprained knee?

What dosage of naproxen for sprained knee?

Depends on your heal: All medicines need to be monitored. In general the dose is 500mg twice a day. The safety depends on your health, kidney function, blood pressure, age and if you have had previous ulcers. This will increase your risks. You can discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a sprained knee?

What are symptoms of a sprained knee?

Many possible signs: Signs may include: inflammation, pain, swelling, bruising, and reduction of motion. ...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

Crutches (Definition)

Crutches are devices held beneath the armpits to support the body in walking after an injury to ...Read more