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How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

Depends: If a complete acl tear is not surgically reconstructed, the injury never heals back together. Sometimes without surgery, patients have enough stability to function fairly well. Surgery is performed when indicated to reconstruct the torn ligament. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Injuries (Definition)

Ligament injuries run the full spectrum from being sprained to being completely torn. Sprains are routinely graded as 1, 2 or 3. Grade 1 & 2 sprains represent ligaments that are intact, but not functioning normally either by causing pain with use (grade 1), or pain and mild looseness or laxity (grade 2). Grade 3 sprains are complete ...Read more


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How long will rehabilitation after arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament be?

How long will rehabilitation after arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament be?

2-3 months: Intensive therapy to regain range of motion, reduce swelling and then regain strength will last between 2-3 months. Long term strengthening will be necessary, for best results, for up to 1-2 years after surgery. This long term strengthening can be done at home or at the gym. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament sprain?

How long does it take to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament sprain?

Usually 3 months: If the ligament is incompletely torn it usually heals in 2-3 months. Complete tears or grade 3 sprains may require reconstruction. Functional instability is the determining reason for surgery. ...Read more

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How will having anterior cruciate ligament injury affect my long-term health?

How will having anterior cruciate ligament injury affect my long-term health?

Depends on multiple: Anyone with a cruciate injuriy responds differently depending on a lot of factors, like age activity/demand levels; athletic status overall and specifically the status and shape of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles and also concurrent injury to other knee structures. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover completely from a anterior cruciate ligament injury?

How long does it take to recover completely from a anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Variable time: If you choose non-operative treatment, usually within 6 wks the swelling will gone and the motion will be normal if you work at it. Regaining full strength may take several months. If you continue to play sports after this you may still have a very unstable knee as a complete acl tear does not heal. If surgery is chosen, the typical time for full safe return to sports is around 9 mos to 1 year. ...Read more

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How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Significant: Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee. It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee. ...Read more

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How long you can postpone ligament injury near knee.

How long you can postpone ligament injury near knee.

Forever: Depends on what ligament and how badly damaged and how much trouble it causes ligament surgery is almost always elective so it can be done if and when the patient is ready. ...Read more

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For how long after scapholunate ligament surgery does the pain persist?

? procedure: Multiple procedures are available to treat s-l ligament tear so the recovery time is variable. However expect acute reactive edema for four months and complete recovery to take 10-12 months. ...Read more

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I tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

I  tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time for an grade 3a tear, anterior horn, lateral meniscus. And do I need surgery.

How long is recovery time for an grade 3a tear, anterior horn, lateral meniscus. And do I need surgery.

Yes I would consider: Surgery the tear will not fix itself. Recovery depends on whether it is repaired or resected. If it is repaired (usually if you are young 25 or so and under) them recovery can be 6-8 weeks. If it is resected 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically treated?

How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically treated?

Depends on laxity: If you have an acute (recent) PCL tear that does not cause much laxity, you will probably be treated with physical therapy that stresses aggressive rehabilitation of the quadriceps muscles, which are in the front of the thigh. Acute PCL tear that causes significant laxity or if you have injured more than one ligament, you may need surgery to repair or reconstruct your pcl. ...Read more

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About how long does it usually take for an anterior cruciate ligament strain to heal?

6-12 weeks: An incomplete, but functional, acl tear usually takes approximately 6-12 weeks to heal. A nonfunctional acl tear may require surgical reconstruction. ...Read more

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How can I heal severe anterior talofibular ligament (ankle) pain?

How can I heal severe anterior talofibular ligament (ankle) pain?

See a doctor: This is easily treated by a physician that has been trained in the foot and ankle. This would include podiatrists and foot and ankle orthopedists. Ask for the recommendations of family, friends and you PCP for a great place to get a referral. You can also check out: www.acfas.org, www.apma.org, and www.aaos.org for local providers. ...Read more

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How can I repair a completely torn knee ligament injury without surgery?

How can I  repair a completely torn knee ligament injury without surgery?

Depends on Ligament: The knee has 4 main ligaments. The mcl, and lcl usually heal on their own. The acl and PCL do not. They usually need surgery. Pcl tears that isolated do not usually need surgery depending on symptoms. Acl tears usually need surgery, unless the patient is a sedentary, older individual, or if the patient is a coper. ...Read more

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If ant long ligament, posterior long ligament, ligamentu flavum are torn/avulsed/ruptured, will my spine ever be stable with natural healing?

Healing is natural: Sometimes mother nature needs some help in the way of surgical stabilization. In order 2 damage all these ligaments, u had a significant amount of translation of 1 body on another. This is an unstable situation. If all studies including flex/ext films show absolutely no instability, a brave spine surgeon could treat u with a collar, or u may need a halo 4 stabilization. It's surgery but not a fusi. ...Read more

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How much time should a sternoclavicular joint sprain hurt after the injury?

How much time should a sternoclavicular joint sprain hurt after the injury?

Several months: Sternoclavicular joint sprains can my problematic for several months, especially if you remain active. Usually a period of rest, sometimes in a sling, for 6-8 weeks helps to decrease pain, then followed by physical therapy to strengthen the chest, back and shoulder muscles will help. The healing time from this injury can be a long process, upwards of 3-4 months. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more