Ice is a popular treatment for injuries such as a hyperextended knee, as it helps reduce swelling and relieve some pain.
A person should apply ice to the hyperextended knee for about 15 minutes at a time, multiple times a day.
Ice should always be used with a barrier, such as a towel, to prevent damage to the skin.
How long does a hyperextended knee take to heal?
For minor knee hyperextension, RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for 2-4 weeks will allow the knee enough time to heal. For more severe injuries which may include ligament or cartilage tears, recovery time estimates around 6-12 months post-surgery for the knee to resume full activity.
Is it bad to have hyperextended knees?
When the knee is locked it is very stable ligament-wise and it is easy to stand with little to no muscles needed. Although knee pain is not necessarily a side effect of hyperextension in the short run, in the long run hyperextension of the knee will damage the joint. Hyperextension can also cause plantarfasciitis.
What causes knee to hyperextend?
Common causes of knee hyperextension include: Pushing the femur or patella over the tibia and placing excess stress upon one or more of the major ligaments within the joint. Unexpected impact to the front of the knee, causing backward movement of the knee joint, may cause the ACL to strain or tear.
Can you walk with a hyperextended knee?
Following a hyperextended knee injury, it is a good idea to stop the activity that caused the damage in the first place. For the average person, rest may mean not walking on the injured leg or using a brace. During rest, a person may also: receive physical therapy to restore range of motion.