Dr. Ryan Pflugner

Sports Medicine
Birmingham, NM
17 years experience male

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Birmingham, AL

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52 Medical Park East Drive, Birmingham, AL
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Sports Medicine

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63 Answers
35 Agrees
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
RICE: When you strain muscles the best first thing to do is the "rice" principle. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. The next step is to get involved in a ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Surgery: The standard treatment is a knee arthroscopy to reconstruct the acl with tissue that is taken from you or from a cadaver. The meniscus is treated wit... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Today: As long as there were no complications during the surgery he should be walking the day after.
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A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
You should go: If you are having the symptoms that you described in your question then you may be doing more damage to your knee each time you feel like it is going ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: It may heal up as quickly as 2 months. If the injury was severe and you have a highly comminuted fracture then it may take many more months and possi... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: There are no contraidications to perform knee arthroscopy during your menstral cycle.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Get examined: The best and most reliable way to know is to have your knee examined by a sports medicine doctor.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Better function: After surgery, depending on if the meniscus is repair or removed, you should be involved in a rehab protocol the is specific for acl/meniscus recovery... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yes....Maybe: It depends on how old the tear is and the quality of the muscle(fatty infiltration).
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends!: You are very young, but it is in your age group that we see the highest failure rates. As long as your knee is stable then i would not pursue any sur... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: The first treatment typically is physical therapy for chronic injuries depending on what was injuries. If you have intact ligaments then i would start... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Not to long: If you have a reconstruction then the acl wil heal enough to starting doing pivoting at 8 months with most people back at full sporting activities in ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: Recovering from an acl surgery follows a specific time course depending on how well you progress through physical therapy. The one factor that you ca... Read More
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A 58-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Back Pain?: Back pain in an adolescent is not uncommon and can sometimes be debilitating. Many different conditions can give the symptoms your son has, a few can... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Knee Pain?: Many things can give you "crunchy" sounds when you bend your knee. Most likely you have some chondromalacia where your patella meets the femur. It c... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Now!: You should work towards full extension as soon as possible after surgery. I expect my patients to have it by 2 weeks post op, check them again around... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends.: Allograft tendons can be as strong or stronger then autograft tendons, depending on what you are comparing. Patella tendon autografts are "gold stand... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Graft choice: Acls are reconstructed in several ways. One way is to take the central third of your patella tendon with bone attached at either end and reconstruct ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: Daily recommended intake for women 19-49 is 1000mg per day, over 50 is 1200mg per day. It is also important to make sure you are eating a healthy, ba... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yes...maybe: Depending on your symptoms, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend physical therapy as a first choice of treatment. Other options for treatment are in... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Long recovery: If your surgery is done only with a scope(labral repair) or if done with a full incision the recovery involves giving the repair time to heal followed... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Difficult!: Rehab is not easy, but it is absolutely necessary. The most important thing to focus on initially is regaining full rom, especially extension, and mi... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Camera in joint: A procedure where two or more small incisions are made too allow for a small camera and instruments to be placed into the knee joint to perform variou... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Not long: The medication put in the soft tissue around your knee on the medicine in your knee should where off with in 12 hrs or so. It should not last longer ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: If the avulsuion only involves the very tip of the lateral ankle then it is really treated like a severe ankle sprain. Either way, getting involved i... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Improvement: Depending on the type of tear you have, your doctor will elect to remove the torn meniscus or fix it. If it is removed then your recovery should be q... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
It can be: The good news is that you can be asleep for surgery or have a block that makes your leg numb so you do not feel the pain. After surgery most patients... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Many: The most common reasons for knee swelling is degenerative changes of the knee, meaning the beginning of arthritis. Other reasons are chronic meniscal... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Maybe: Having pain after(or during) activity is not a good sign. There is a possibility that you have a stress fracture, it could also be many other possibl... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Go see surgeon: Your bf needs to see his surgeon immediately. If he truly has synovial fluid leaking from an incision site this is a potential source of infection. A... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Relief!: Hopefully you will get relief from compression on your ulnar nerve. There are a few ways to move the nerve to help prevent further compression and ea... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
How old/active?: Depends on physiologic age, activity levels, if and how much does it interfere with those activities or your activities of daily living. It is possib... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Moderation!!: Whey protein itself is not harmful, but as with most things too much of a good thing is bad. 1 gram per pound of body weight divided between your meal... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: Many people have lived very active lifestyles after having and acl injury. Most of these people wear a special acl brace and keep their hamstrings st... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: A brace is good to use, especially if you are walking un uneven surfaces. Get involved in a good ankle rehab program through your physical therapist ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Rehab is important!: Microfracture surgery's goal is to attempt to recreate as normal as possible your cartilage. It forms fibrocartilage from the stem cells that are exp... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Soon: The pain from osgood–schlatter disease will go away when you stop growing taller.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Yes!!!: You should be walking the day after your acl surgery. The best outcomes come with starting an advanced rehab protocol which focuses on regain full ra... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Physical Therapy: The quickest way to recover is to be involved in a good ankle rehabilitation program. This should include streching, strengthening and proprioception... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Sometime not much: It sometimes can be difficult to distiguish the two from symptoms patients experience alone. That is why a good physical exam is key to making the di... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends?: If your husband has developed an infection then the best option is to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon who is specially trained in joint replace... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
New Meniscus: A new cadaver meniscus is implanted to replace the one that is deficient. There are several ways this is done. You then are given restrictions with ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Get checked quickly: Even though you are young, i would be seen by a doctor as soon as possible, even if it means going to the er. It is not uncommon for young men to hav... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Physical Therapy: You should begin a dedicated physical therapy protocol that has been time tested to help maximize range of motion of your knee while not placing your... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: There are many reasons why an acl reconstruction fails, sometimes it is due to technical failure, sometimes from infection, sometimes from a new traum... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends: As a rule of thumb, failure of surgery to fix the problem is usually the number one complication. Infection, nerve, or vessel injury is another compl... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Depends. : Scaphoid fractures come in many varieties. If you are young and active, your ortho doc may suggest getting back to activities sooner with surgery. If... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
YES!!: Gaining full extension should be the first thing that you work on achieving. Depending on the type of graft you have it may be more difficult to get ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Strong!!: It depends, but once a bone is healed usually it is as strong or stronger than before you broke it. There are many other factors that go into answeri... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Very Specific: The most obvious signs of meniscal tears is a knee that locks up or gives out on you with activity. There are some clinic exam techniques that clue d... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Pflugner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pflugner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your input. I think it is the most helpful and realistic. I have a fibular fx now but previously had subluxation during tennis. Heal time is 3-4 or 6-8 ...Read More
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This saved my life. Thank You! Awesome my knee is stable I'll just keep doing the rehab exercises! Thank you so much!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Any guess of where pain is coming from? Is it kidney? Thank u.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
Graduated 2006MD

Awards

Top Sport Medicine Specialist , Second Place, Alabama - Winter
2013
Top Sports Medicine Specialist , First Place, Alabama - Summer
2013
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