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Any Supplements Improve Recovery Mcl Injury
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
No: Glucosamine is a building block in the formation of knee cartilage, so some have recommended taking it as a dietary supplement to improve the health of your knee cartilage. In a knee arthroplasty, the cartilage is removed and the knee is resurfaced/replaced with a metal and plastic prosthesis. Since there is no cartilage left, any benefit, which is theoretical anyway, would not be seen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Certainly: Vitamin supplements are an excellent source to balance our diet and prevent inadvertent deficiencies. However, it is not generally needed to help an acl heal. An acl generally cannot heal on its own, so no amount of supplementation will change that. After ran acl reconstruction, we are often deconditioned, so supplements can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help: Motion of effected joint and nonimpact activity appear to be valuable for cartilage nutrition and recovery from restoration procedures. By nonimpact I am referring to activities like swimming, cycling, walking which are safe in intermediate stages( 3 mos to 6-8 mos) after such procedures. Higher impact activites probably shouldn't even be considered until 10-12 mos post operatively. ...Read more
Possibly: Elite level sports performance requires near 1 1/2 years of aggressive therapy and strengthening. If you can put this level of effort into your rehab, you can regain your speed and agility. ...Read more
No: There are no supplements that have been proven to improve the rate of recovery from an mcl injury. Proper nutrition and regular exercise, in combinatioon with avoiding excessive alcohol use, tobacco abuse, or obesity are factors associated with optimal healing, but not necessarily with healing faster than normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any natural health remedies to increase repair of meniscal cartilage and knee ligaments?
No: There are no well done studies in the peer reviewed literature demonstrating the safety or effectiveness of any natural health remedies for ligament or cartilage healing. A lifestyle of proper nutrition and regular exercise and avoiding excessive alcohol use, tobacco abuse, or obesity have been shown to optimize general healing, although not specifically ligament or cartilage healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Strengthen Hamstring: Start doing isometric exercises to work on your adductors and hamstrings. Hamstrings stabilize the knee. ...Read more
What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?
Difficult to say: You describe a fairly significant knee operation and set of injuries. It's hard to say without examining you and reviewing your studies. Your orthopedic surgeon is in the best position to answer this question. It's safe to say that your recovery will last for several months with a lot of physical therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
ACL recovery.: Most recent records that a large number return to sports BUT almost never to a previously demanding level. So, you first answer is NEVER. But return to lesser demands hold be three months since ligaments mature (get stronger) more slowly. For contact sports, non-professional and professional I would prefer 6 months off. Full muscle restoration is a prerequisite (sine qua non.) ...Read more
What type of lifestyle can I expect after meniscus transplant surgery w/ ACL revision? Return to sports? Activities to avoid?
Never give up: The goal of these surgeries is full functional recovery. The success is highly dependent on the post-op rehab. Work hard in rehab. And follow restrictions closely, and you may be surprised with your functional success. Not everyone gets back to high level athletics, but some do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ACL deficiency : Without acl reconstruction you can expect instability particularly with decending stairs or turning quickly from side to side. Long term acl deficiency ultimately will end up with severe osteoarthritis in 15-20 years. In the interim, meniscus tears (cartilage"shock absorbers" in the knee) are more likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In due time...: I have my patients wear a brace until 6-9 weeks postop. While many patients are able to put partial weight on the leg w/ the aid of crutches, it is not unusual for them to feel weakness/ pain @ 4 wks that prevent them from fully walking on their own. You should discuss specifics with your physical therapist/ surgeon as each protocol varies slightly. ...Read more
Do doctors know of any supplements that aid in soft tissue (tendons/muscles/ligaments) recovery from athletic injury ? Or that promote healthy ones?
Many can help: I advise an anti-inflammatory diet: http://bit.Ly/1awxd11 important nutrients include vitamin c, b6, b12, magnesium, manganese ; zinc- see http://www.Terrytalksnutrition.Com/weekly-articles/2010/10-01/stay-connected-healthy-ligaments-and-tendons/ homeopathy can help (consider ruta grav). Some advise taking collagen. ...Read more
What is the normal timetable for recovery from ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair using pateller tendon?
Acl/pcl healing: If an acl and PCL tear these ligaments do not typically heal; this is due in part to the synovial environment in which these ligaments reside as well as the demand that is exacted on these ligaments. Whether one is symptomatic with these injuries is in large part measured by the degree of activity in which a patient participates in and the number of hours one is actively engaged. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but....: A 'normal' diet is critical for proper healing and rehab. The answer to needing a protein supplement is probably no. Just be certain to eat a balanced diet and you should do well. If you have a diet that does not incorporate meat proteins or a decreased protein intake then you may need to supplement. Have fun and get better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide band of tissue (a ligament) that runs along the inner side of each knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), to help stabilize the knee joint. The MCL's main purpose is to prevent knees from bending too far ...Read more