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Offline nick157

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So what's a knee "sprain" then?
« on: August 19, 2009, 10:12:56 PM »
I posted this 10 days ago:

I saw a specialist and had MRI and have been told my graft and menisci are fine, I've just got a "sprain". The knee recovered very well over the 10 days so I attempted to play football again tonight and yes, you guessed it EXACTLY the same injury again.

So my question is, what's going on? We read so much about torn/ruptured ligaments and damaged meniscus, but what is a sprain? Of course we've all sprained wrists and ankles and my understanding was in those situations you have "stretched" but not torn the ligament, and it heals itself in time.

All the searches I have done of course go straight into tears of the ACL, MCL etc. No info on sprains.

Of course I may have returned too early, but with the all-clear yesterday I was happy enough to play and even through a little pain, but the intense, sharp pain was back and it was game over after 2 minutes.

So, my questions are:

- Do you know any more than me about knee "sprains"?
- Did I simply rush back to early? or;
- should I pester my OS to explain what's going on?

Thanks for reading guys - very disheartened and frustrated tonight.  >:(

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Re: So what's a knee "sprain" then?
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2009, 03:13:44 AM »

What kind of "sprain" did you have?  MCL??  ACL?? I had an MCL Sprain and I had to wear a knee brace for a few weeks, it got better after 6 weeks or so.  My doctor told me to take it easy on the knee even after it was doing better.  Sprains take time to heal and so I didn't do much so it could REALLY heal.  Maybe you did return to sports too early.