When one goes through a sprained knee, the recovery time for a person changes on any given number of circumstances. One of the most important criteria of recovery time for such an injury is how effectively the sprained knee has received treatment. By treatment we refer to the amount of time the knee was rested as well as the amount of times that ice was applied for recovery. These steps are ideal so that the swelling and inflammation is reduced as much as possible. In addition it is very helpful to elevate the knee when it has been sprained. The elevation assists dramatically by providing improved blood flow to the knee area. A sprained knee will usually require an ample amount of physical therapy to ensure that when normal physical or sports activity resumes the knee will not be subjected to another sprain or sports injury. Often times physical therapy will require weight training exercises to build up the muscles around the knee and other areas of the individuals leg. If the muscles in those areas surround the leg are properly trained then the knee will be stronger and will be less receptive to a sprain or sports injury in the future. A sprained knee can also recover without any kind of physical therapy, however it is important to remember that the recovery time may be increased to ensure that the knee has fully recovered and there are no risks with resuming physical or sports activities once again.
Certain health care medical professionals also recommended taking nutritional supplements or changing their nutritional eating habits to assist with the healing their sprained knee. Vitamins such as fish oil and vitamin D can help with tissue repair and promote bone density growth. It would be wise to note that vitamins are not regulated by the medical industry so their results are not always accurate and may not work for every individual. Nutrients that are high in protein can assist the person in gaining more muscle mass around the leg so that the knee is stronger than before the injury occurred. Improving muscles mass will help the person in reducing the risk of injuring the knee or attaining another sprain. In addition, certain physical therapists suggest swimming activities for such related injuries. They suggest that the swimming motions used in a weightless environment, which is the swimming pool help in the recovery phase of a sprained knee. Although there has not been a huge amount of research done to determine the value of physical therapy in a swimming pool, it is noted that exercising the knee without placing additional force or stress can assist in the recovery time frame. The general consensus is that a regular knee sprain without any further ligament injuries will heal in 4-6 weeks. It is also very important to follow the strict guidelines of physical therapy as well as rest to ensure that an individual does not return to quickly from such an injury, doing so will jeopardize the recovery time frame of a sprained knee and make the individual vulnerable to further injuries in the future.