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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can i heal a ligament injury?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 41 years experience
Rest, immobilze: I would recommend you rest and limit any exacerbating activities sometimes ice, nsaids, and splint immobilization can help the affected ligament to heal some can take 4-6 weeks to heal.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What can help heal a ligament injury?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Stuart Springer
Sports Medicine 53 years experience
Rest: Generally rest, warm compresses! over the counter meds like Aspirin or advil (ibuprofen) if tolerated and gentle stretching of the involved joint.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to heal after a ligament injury?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
It depends on Grade: Ligament injuries are graded on a 0-3 scale. Grade 0 is nl, grade 1 is intact but painful, grade 2 is partially torn, and grade 3 represents a complete tear. Grade 1 injuries heal the quickest (days to wks), while grade 2 injuries heal slower (3-6 wks), and grade 3 injuries take the longest to heal (6 wks +). Some commograde 3 injuries require surgery (acl/lcl) while others (mcl) heal w/o surgery.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Which heals faster: a tendon injury or a ligament injury?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Tendon: Tendons have clear indications for immediate reconstruction and care. Ligament injuries are not visualized on x-ray, and are usually not treated in cases of fracture. If you have persistent myofascial pain or instability from injury seek a physician who has learned prolotherapy techniques for rehabilitation. Also, anti-inflamatory medicines taken for injury block ligaments from "self healing".
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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can a tendon injury or a ligament injury heal faster?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 14 years experience
Normally: A tendon injury will heal faster, but this depends on which muscles or tendons, as blood flow differs in different areas, as well as stresses and specific use injuries. As a very vague, quick answer, i would most likely say tendon as they more often have better blood flow.
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Last updated Dec 10, 2019
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