Originally Posted by SAMURAITEXAN
Doc, how long it takes to recover fully from knee drain? A day or two?
It's not the recovery from a knee drain that you primarily worry about. That can be 48 to 72 hours, if it doesn't recur. What you really have to be concerned about is what is the CAUSE of the knee effusion (fluid). The most common causes would be a meniscus tear or a knee ligament sprain. And, of course the third would be arthritis. A knee ligament sprain probably carries the best immediate prognosis, but needs rest. A meniscus tear depending on type and severity can sometimes be conservatively treated with rest and rehab, but eventually requires surgery. If the fluid re-accumulates following drainage, you know that the offending anatomic problem has not been healed (sprain) or overcome (meniscus). And arthritis will be progressive. They should have an idea by now what the source of the fluid is. They will watch his progress as far as if the fluid rebuilds and if other signs and symptoms appear or resolve to determine the approach to allowing him to play. Of course, they could choose to ignore the body messages and try to see if he can physically play through the problem. That approach may stop gap, but it seldom ultimately leads to the long-term good of the player or the team.