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When will my knee feel better?

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The recovery time depends on your injury. Also, some people naturally heal faster than others. While you get better, ask your doctor if you can do an activity that won't aggravate your knee pain. Don’t try to return to your regular level of physical activity until you notice these signs:

If you start to use your knee before it's healed, it could get injured again.

  • You feel no pain in your knee when you bend or straighten it
  • You feel no pain in your knee when you walk, jog, sprint, or jump
  • Your injured knee feels as strong as the other knee

From: What’s Causing My Knee Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/13/2019

SOURCES:

JAMA: “For Some Injuries, It's All in the Name.”

American Family Physician: “ Evaluation of Patients Presenting with Knee Pain: Part I. History, Physical Examination, Radiographs, and Laboratory Tests.” 

Rouzier, P.   second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

SOURCES:

JAMA: “For Some Injuries, It's All in the Name.”

American Family Physician: “ Evaluation of Patients Presenting with Knee Pain: Part I. History, Physical Examination, Radiographs, and Laboratory Tests.” 

Rouzier, P.   second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

ACP Medicine: “Osteoarthritis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on September 13, 2019

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