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

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
3 months: It depends on the level of severity, but healing usually progresses about 8% to 10% per week for 10 to 12 weeks. You might recover from a mild injury in as little as 2 to 3 weeks, but typically its more on the order of 2 to 3 months. Physical therapy (rehab) is an important part of recovering as quickly and as fully as possible.
Dr. Greg Hicken
Specializes in Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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.

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

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
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.
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How can you treat the ganglion cyst of anterior cruciate ligament?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Several options...: Intra-articular cysts associated with the ACL can be treated with a variety of options. It the finding is incidental and asymptomatic, no treatment is necessary. If symptomatic, medications and physical therapy or an injection can be helpful. If symptoms persist or recur, arthroscopic cyst excision is also an option.
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A 28-year-old member asked:

What should I do to recover from a sprained knee?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Degree dictates plan: A "sprained knee" is not specific enough a diagnosis your recovery pathway. A detailed determination of the actual structures injured and whether the sprain is mild, moderate, or severe will provide adequate information to prescribe a correct treatment algorithm in your case.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What do they do at physical therapy to treat a neck sprain?

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Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Stretch/Strengthen: Most physical therapy is directed to improve range of motion and muscle function. Exercises are designed to improve posture, and decrease pain and stiffness. Injuries are often the result of limited flexibility. Physical therapy can help teach new habits, decrease inflammation, pain, and improve quality of life.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can a ligament tear be noticed on an X-ray or an mri?

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Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
MRI: Ligaments can only be seen on an mri. Xrays are only able to show bones and the relationships between the bones.

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