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Knee Ligament Injuries: PCL, LCL, MCL, and ACL Injury

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When Will I Feel Better After a Knee Ligament Injury?

Recovery time depends on how severe your knee ligament injury is. People also heal at different rates. While you recover -- If your doctor agrees -- you could take up a new activity that won't hurt your knee. For instance, runners could try swimming.

Whatever you do, don't rush things. Don't try to return to your old level of physical activity until:

  • You feel no pain when you bend or straighten your knee.
  • You feel no pain in your knee when you walk, jog, sprint, or jump.
  • Your knee is no longer swollen.
  • Your knee feels as strong as your uninjured knee.

If you start using your knee before it's healed, you could cause permanent damage.

How Can I Prevent a Knee Ligament Injury?

Knee ligament injuries are hard to prevent, since they're usually the result of an accident. But taking some precautions might lower your risks. You should:
 

  • Keep your thigh muscles strong with regular stretching and strengthening.
  • Stretch before and after physical activity.
  • Never abruptly increase the intensity of your workout. Make changes slowly.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Jeffrey S. Beitler, MD on February 25, 2012
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