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what does anterior cruciate ligament acl injury feel like?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Giving way: Classically people describe a buckling, twisting, or giving way episode in the knee, with a popping feeling. Sometimes the pop is audible. Commonly there is swelling, limited ability to walk, and then associated stiffness+pain; as swelling goes down, pain will go away, but instability (wobbly/buckling) feeling with quick changes of direction persists; some people have minimal pain/swelling.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Have I got an Achilles tendonitis injury?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Maybe: It depends. Achilles tendon injuries/inflammation are characterized by pain in the back of the ankle/lower leg. Tendonitis is pretty common. Complete tears are usually from trauma and are associated with inability to point down the foot. It also will feel soft where you usually feel the tendon and the muscles may be balled up in the upper part of the calf.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are vascular conditions a common complication of injury?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Must be ruled out: Vascular conditions must be ruled out as part of the injury evaluation and treatment. Vascular conditions after an injury are not uncommon; they often are missed because they're not suspected and don't have symptoms right away. A missed vascular condition after injury can be devastating. If you are injured, ask your doctor to evaluate you for a possible vascular condition.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do I use ice on an injury or sprain in a sickle cell patient?

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Dr. Denise Reeves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Sprains: Ice will decrease swelling and for short periods of time should not do harm.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Are torn ligaments able to heal on their own?

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Some do: Some ligaments such as the medial collateral ligament (mcl) of the knee and ankle ligaments can heal on their own. Other ligaments such as the anterior cruciate ligament (acl) of the knee does not have the capacity to heal. Surgical reconstruction is needed in carefully indicated patients.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I treat an injury from head banging?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
HEAD BANGING: Sometimes due to frequent headbanging, you develop concussion or contusion of the brain depending on the severity of the trauma. Please see a neurologist for the symptoms present.

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