Orthopaedic Surgeon (Pediatric) Questions Sprained ankle

How long does a sprain take to heal in children?

How long does it usually take for a sprain to heal in children?

9 Answers

Sprains generally take 4-6 weeks to heal. The most important concept is to prevent reinjury before complete healing has taken place, otherwise this can prolong healing time or worse, lead to the need for surgery.
It depends on the degree of sprain - but typically children heal much faster than adults.
3 weeks
4 weeks
Children usually heal much quicker than adults. Usually, they heal within 2 to 6 weeks depending on the injury.
It depends on what is sprained and how old the child is. The younger the child, the more quickly things tend to heal. Anywhere from 2-6 weeks is typical.
It can vary depending on the severity of the sprain and if it involved any bony injury known as an avulsion fracture. Typically, however, most sprains can be treated and rehabbed within 6-8 weeks with more severe sprains taking up to 12 weeks before you’re back doing activities without restrictions.
Most authorities describe three types of sprain injury depending on the severity. A Grade 1 sprain involves minimal tissue damage, and no loss of structural integrity. A Grade 2 strain involves greater tissue damage and may be associated with some loss of structural integrity, resulting in mild ligamentous laxity (stretching). A Grade 3 sprain is the most severe category, with greater tissue damage and loss of structural integrity. The healing time for each category of sprain injury in children will vary according to the Grade of injury as well as the child's age. In general, younger children heal faster than older children. With any extremity injury in children, it is important to make sure that the growth centers of the bones have not also been injured.

I hope this information has been helpful.

Todd
Usually 4-6 weeks.