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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Injuries (Overview)

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 tears of the ligament.


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What is the normal recovery time for ligament injuries to heal?

What is the normal recovery time for ligament injuries to heal?

A few weeks: Ligament injuries heal slower than muscle problems because there is less of a blood supply to the ligament itself. After the acute injury heat applied to the area will improve blood flow and speed healing. Once the initial pain and swelling goes down gentle motion also stimulates healing. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
205 Doctors shared insights

Ligament Injuries (Overview)

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 tears of the ligament.


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What are the symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injury I should be looking for?

What are the symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injury I should be looking for?

Instability: The hallmark of an acl deficient knee is instability or giving way of the knee with higher level activities involving cutting, jumping, pivoting, etc. Some individuals may experience this with routine day to day activities. The initial injury is often described as feeling a "pop" in the knee and followed by development of considerable swelling and variable pain. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse your eye with water for 15 minutes
Once
Do not rub your eye
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Is a creaky foot a sign of tendon and ligament injury?

Is a creaky foot a sign of tendon and ligament injury?

Could be: Without a full exam, this is difficult to get a complete picture. Some people will hear and feel popping from tendon injury but others will experience similar symptoms from joint injuries. This is probably something that you want to have evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist (podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist). ...Read more

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My sister was diagnosed with anterior cruciate ligament injury. What do I need to know?

My sister was diagnosed with anterior cruciate ligament injury. What do I need to know?

Need to know all opt: Would suggest you check with your doctor and get all the pros and cons of the treatment course planned before you decide, check to see what concomittent injuries there are, her activity/athletic demands. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help or see a doctor right away
Once
See a doctor for diagnosis; do not diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle with a head injury; have someone else drive you
Once
Ice the area, if you can
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What are the tests for anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What are the tests for anterior cruciate ligament injury?

PE and MRI: The first step is checking for an acl injury is talking to the patient about their injury and doing a good physical exam of the knee (pe). At this point, most skilled doctors will have a strong suspicion that the acl is torn. X-rays are usually done to make sure there isn't a bad bone injury. Often a MRI is obtained to confirm the diagnosis and look for other, associated injuries. ...Read more

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What could cause posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury?

What could cause posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury?

Force!: The PCL is probably the strongest ligament in the knee. It requires a significant amount of force or energy to cause it to tear. Pcl tears are far less common than anterior cruciate ligament (acl) tears. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

See your orthopedic or sports medicine doctor
Monthly
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I think my child may have anterior cruciate ligament injury. What would that mean?

I think my child may have anterior cruciate ligament injury. What would that mean?

Orthopedic consult: The anterior cruciate ligament is a key ligament in the knee for stability both going front and back as well as rotationally. Your child would have complaints of giving way, pain, swelling and lack of confidence in using that knee during activity. I recommend you see your local orthopedic surgeon and if possible one fellowship trained in sports medicine. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat ankle ligament injury?

How do doctors treat ankle ligament injury?

Depends on severity: It depends on if the ligaments are strained, partially or fully torn, and how many ligaments are injured. Treatment may include rest, ice, elastic ankle wraps, antiinflammatories and rest. More severe injuries may require immobilization or bracing. Physical therapy or surgery might be needed. See a podiatrist or orthopedist for more specific treatment recommendations. ...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 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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What is the best treatment for spine ligament injury?

What is the best treatment for spine ligament injury?

Rest: Active rest. Strengthening eventually assuming you have seen a md. ...Read more

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Are there better and newer treatments for ligament injuries?

Are there better and newer treatments for ligament injuries?

It depends: It depends on the specific ligament and its location and function. Some ligaments are treated with surgery like the anterior cruciate ligament. Some ligaments are treated with rest and bracing like the medial collateral ligament. Most minor ligament sprains in the hand or foot are treated non-operatively with rest ice and anti-inflammatories. ...Read more

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It's possible that 5 five years old anterior cruciate ligament injury cured now?

It's possible that 5 five years old anterior cruciate ligament injury cured now?

ACL Reconstruction: Yes, you can still have an acl reconstruction. Acl tears do not heal on their own & having it replaced can help you maintain a healthy/ active lifestyle in the years to come. The acl is a major knee stabalizer, and can provide security to your knee that may prevent further damage to nearby tendons, ligaments, muscles, articular cartilage, meniscus, & bones when compared to a "loose knee" ...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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What sort of activities should I avoid if I have an old ankle ligament injury?

What sort of activities should I avoid if I have an old ankle ligament injury?

Avoid uneven surface: Most ankle sprains occur when the foot rolls inward affecting the outside ligaments. Ice, elevate and compression with acute injuries. Supportive brace until healing. Restoration of range of motion, strength and proprioception (balance) is key to prevention of injury. I would emphasize one leg balance and increase time until you can do it for one minute. Advanced activity stand on foam pillow. ...Read more

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How can I heal a ligament injury?

How can I heal a ligament injury?

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. ...Read more

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What can help heal a ligament injury?

What can help heal a ligament injury?

Rest: Generally rest, warm compresses! over the counter meds like Aspirin or advil (ibuprofen) if tolerated and gentle stretching of the involved joint. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ligament injuries?

What is the definition or description of: Ligament injuries?

Mild/moderate/severe: 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 tears of the ligament. ...Read more

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I would like answer regarding ligament injury from experts.?

I would like answer regarding ligament injury from experts.?

Ask the question: Please submit a clear & specific question about ligament injuries. Clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for ligament injuries to heal?

A few weeks: Ligament injuries heal slower than muscle problems because there is less of a blood supply to the ligament itself. After the acute injury heat applied to the area will improve blood flow and speed healing. Once the initial pain and swelling goes down gentle motion also stimulates healing. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a ligament injury and how fast I could recover?

What do you recommend if I have a ligament injury and how fast I could recover?

Depends on which: Depends on which ligament and which joint (e.g. Knee: mcl ligament sprains can heal on their own, whereas acl complete tears will not heal on their own and may need surgery). ...Read more

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Is surgery necessary for ligament injury?

No, not immediately: Depending on severity and location of the injury, your orthopedic may suggest conservative treatment first with rest, nsaids and physical therapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have cruciate ligament injury from years ago?

Unstable?: Isolated cruciate injury in inactive people that is stable from other support structures does not need anything other than exercise. If into sports or if unstable should be stabilized with pt, bracing or surgery before other issues develop including meniscal tears, arthritis, articular damage etc. ...Read more

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