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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 can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

How can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

You can't :-(: Tears of the PCL will occur if a significant amount of energy is placed across the knee and in the right direction. Like if your knee hits the dashboard in car accident. That will push your shin backwards and potentially tear your pcl. Pcl tears can not be prevented. ...Read more

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How can you prevent anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

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How can you prevent anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Train neuromuscular: There is evidence to show that neuromuscular training including plyometrics, balance, and technique training, as well as heightened awareness of injury biomechanics, reduce the risk of serious injury in female athletes. What specific exericises, sequence, intensity and duration remains unknown. ...Read more

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What injuries does the anterior cruciate ligament prevent?

What injuries does the anterior cruciate ligament prevent?

Knee instability: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) is one of four major ligaments in the knee to help maintain knee stability (the others include the posterior cruciate ligament - pcl, lateral collateral ligament - lcl, and the medial collateral ligament - mcl). The ACL is the most significant of the four and helps prevent the lower leg from sliding forward from the upper leg. ...Read more

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How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Reconstruct if torn: Most anterior cruciate ligament injuries that are complete tears end up being reconstructed by bringing in new tissue to rebuild the torn ligament and to hopefully return full function to the knee and injured patient. ...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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Anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, what to do?

Anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, what to do?

See a specialist.: See a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic knee surgeon, who has experience with ACL's. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What are the best exercises to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Hamstring exercises: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to stabilize the knee. The ACL keeps the shin bone from sliding forward (anteriorly) and the PCL keeps it from sliding backwards. When ACL is torn the shin bone will slide anteriorly. The hamstrings attach to the back of the knee and act as flexors, but will also help keep the shin bone from sliding forward. ...Read more

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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

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How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

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. Often, it requires a surgery to reconstruct it and the surrounding "posterolateral corner.". ...Read more

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Anterior talofibular ligament/tendon injury, what to do?

Anterior talofibular ligament/tendon injury, what to do?

Classic Ankle Sprain: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (r.I.C.E. Therapy) with addition of nsaids if feasible. If no improvement in pain and swelling in several days, seek thorough evaluation by your physician. Radiographs would likely be assessed. ...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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How do you treat a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament?

How do you treat a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament?

Surgery: Anterior cruciate ligament disruption is best handled with surgery. In some cases where the knee is stable and the individual is skeletally immature a decision may be made to delay the surgery. Another situation where a non- surgical approach may be considered is again where the knee is stable an the individual is not very active or elderly. Seek expert advice from an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What could cause anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

What could cause anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Knee hyperextension: The ACL may tear when certain movements of the knee place a great strain on the acl. Hyperextension of the knee, that is, if the knee is straightened more than 10 degrees beyond its normal fully straightened position, is a very common cause of an torn acl. This position of the knee forces the lower leg excessively forward in relation to the upper leg. Pivoting injuries of the knee with exc. ...Read more

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Which is the best exercise to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Follow surgeons prog: Most acl surgeons have their own protocols that u need 2 follow. Any advice u get here may not b the same as ur surgeon recommends. Not a good policy 2 advise u as it could cause a conflict with ur surgeon ; this is not what we're here 4. ...Read more

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What do the anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments do?

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What do the anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments do?

Stability: Together, they function to keep your knee in place. They keep the knee from moving too far front and back as we'll as rotating too far. The acl prevents forward shifting and rotating while the PCL prevents backward shifting and outward rotating. Tears of the acl do not heal and often end up with acl reconstructions. Pcl tears often heal partially and may not need surgery. ...Read more

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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 can you treat the ganglion cyst of anterior cruciate ligament?

How can you treat the ganglion cyst of anterior cruciate ligament?

Observe vs excise: Ganglion cysts around or within the cruciate ligaments (acl & pcl) are not uncommon. The diagnosis can be made via an MRI or at the time of arthroscopy. Depending upon the location and size, the ganglion is deemed to be either incidental or symptomatic and responsible for the pain and perhaps loss of motion that may intermittently occur. Only symptomatic ones are excised/aspirated arthroscopically. ...Read more

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How serious is a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

How serious is a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

It serious: While a posterior cruciate ligament injury generally causes less pain, disability and knee instability than does an acl tear, it can still sideline you for several weeks or months. ...Read more

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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