Ask An Orthopedist: Hyperextended Knee

Calendar November 18, 2016

Question: I hyperextended my knee about 3 weeks ago. I had swelling and immobility for several days, but by the end of the week, I had most movement back. I can walk fine but cannot fully extend my knee and there is a lot of pain if I do on accident. Should I wait another week and see if it heals or should I have this looked at by a doctor?

There is no problem in waiting a while longer. If it was “just” a sprain, it should be 95+% better by 6 weeks from the time of injury. If this is what happens, then great, you’re good to go. If not, it may be time to get it evaluated.

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