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Dr. Allen Lu
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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


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Is it safe to go back to soccer after ACL reconstruction? What type of brace will i need? Would you recommend going back to play soccer and run track?

Is it safe to go back to soccer after ACL reconstruction? What type of brace will i need? Would you recommend going back to play soccer and run track?

Yes,: In most cases people can return to sports (including soccer & track) following an acl reconstruction, especially if it is the first time you've had a tear. However, return to play comes after months of rehab, and usually includes bracing. Your surgeon can help you decide which brace is best for your specific needs (may be custom fit bracing). For more info: ...Read more

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I blew out my knee (acl, mcl, acl, lcl, partial meniscus), how many years will it take for me to get back to my former health?

I blew out my knee (acl, mcl, acl, lcl, partial meniscus), how many years will it take for me to get back to my former health?

You won't: Your can focus on proper nutrition and exercise to work toward a goal of general overall fitness, but your knee will never be the same. If it is stable, you have normal (or near normal) range of motion, and it doesn't hurt (or at least pain isn't interfering with activity), then you are doing great. ...Read more

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So I got the results back from MRI its a slight tear in my mencuis doc going to shave it off how long will I'll be out for work will it work?

So I got the results back from MRI its a slight tear in my mencuis doc going to shave it off how long will I'll be out for work will it work?

Depends on your work: It really depends on how much physical activity you do for work. Usually, depending on the procedure, patients can drive after 1-3 weeks. If you have a slight tear, you can usually return to a sedentary job after a few days or week. Physical activities are usually continued in 6-8 weeks. Ask the doc who is going to do your surgery for the best answer: http://www.orthoinfo.org/topic.cfm?topic=A0029 ...Read more

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How long after knee replacement surgery can you go back 2 playing sports. I, m fit and well most of the time though i can get pain now nd again.

How long after knee replacement surgery can you go back 2 playing sports. I, m fit and well most of the time though i can get pain now nd again.

Let me explain: Knee replacement in young age have it is own problems? The joint made of certain alloys, it is artificial joints, those joint follow the law of wear and tear, so i would be careful with it. ...Read more

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I tripped and hit my knee directly on a concrete stair. I'm not able to bend my knee all the way back. The lower knee is in pain. Wait or go to Dr?

I tripped and hit my knee directly on a concrete stair. I'm not able to bend my knee all the way back. The lower knee is in pain. Wait or go to Dr?

I would: I would probably be checked unless it seems very minor. An X-ray and exam can be reassuring to make sure you did not have a serious injury that needs further treatment. ...Read more

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Vision problems after a traumatic brain injury, I don't see everything to the right as I can to the left by looking straight forward, anyway to repair?

Vision problems after a traumatic brain injury, I don't see everything to the right as I can to the left by looking straight forward, anyway to repair?

Assessment needed: Vision problems after tbi can occur at different levels, the eye itself or parts of the brain such as the optic nerves or occipital lobe of the brain. Neuro-opthalmologists may be hard to find, but this would be their particular area of expertise. ...Read more

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What to do if I am going into the coast guard and recently had ACL repair surgery from a football injury?

What to do if I am going into the coast guard and recently had ACL repair surgery from a football injury?

Knee rehab: Keep up the knee rehabilitation exercises which were provided to you after your ACL surgery, and maintain your overall strength and fitness as well, and you should be fine ...Read more

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Acl ruptured & attached to the pcl. I play lots of football. Should i definitely push for ACL reconstruction? Surgeon said i may be ok without?

Acl ruptured & attached to the pcl. I play lots of football. Should i definitely push for ACL reconstruction? Surgeon said i may be ok without?

Opt for ACL: Yes, technically you may be to function without an acl, but you're 26 years old and if it were me, i'd opt to have mine reconstructed, especially if you want to play recreational sports. You're putting a lot of shear stress on your meniscus in an acl deficient knee. We can't recreate normal biomechanics ever, but i think acl competency will give you more longevity on that native knee. ...Read more

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How long should I expect to be out of work? I went to the ER sun and was told that both my wrists are broken 1 with radical styloid fractured potentially scaphoid fracture, the otherdistal radius fracture. I work in customer service field on the computer

How long should I expect to be out of work? I went to the ER sun and was told that both my wrists are broken 1 with radical styloid fractured potentially scaphoid fracture, the otherdistal radius fracture. I work in customer service field on the computer

For : For either one of these injuries alone, you could be expected to do computer work within a week or so, though a bit slower than your usual pace. However, with both wrists broken, it becomes much more difficult. Basic hygeine and eating can be difficult if both wrists are in casts. A radial styloid fracture, in and of itself, is not usually problematic and heals in about 6 weeks. However, it can be a marker for a more severe injury to the scapolunate ligament--part of the cornerstone of the wrist. You need to see a hand surgeon to determine if there is significant ligament instability. Sometimes the portion of the fracture that goes through the joint shifts and needs to be fixed surgically. Either of these situation would prolong the healing time. If there is indeed a scaphoid fracture, that wrist could be limited much longer, sometimes up to a year. The distal radius fracture depends on the fracture pattern. Most of these do not involve the joint, but can tip backwards and distort wrist mechanics. If it displaces, it may require surgery. Unfortunately, these can move at 2-3 weeks after injury. In short, your recovery time depends on the "personality" of the fractures and any associated injuries. If all goes especially well, you might be out of casts by 6 weeks, but there are a lot of other factors. ...Read more

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Worked out off and on all my adult life. Most of the time walked a lot at work. Then switched to web job. How to get back in shape safely?

Worked out off and on all my adult life. Most of the time walked a lot at work. Then switched to web job. How to get back in shape safely?

Just start: The first step in completing any hard task is to just start. Unless you have any pre-existing medical conditions or health concerns, start slowly & add volume and intensity in small increments. Mix in both cardio and resistance exercises. Shoot for at least 20 minutes/day and 3/week and build from there. Try different exercises to find what you enjoy. If there are health concerns, talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Badminton coach.Did an mri.Report says full tear of ACL and grade2 injury to mcl.Reconstruction n rehabiltation please explain..Can i be back to my game?

Badminton coach.Did an mri.Report says full tear of ACL and grade2 injury to mcl.Reconstruction n rehabiltation please explain..Can i be back to my game?

Yes: You will be able to return to badminton after you heal fully from the acl reconstruction surgery. Usually, it take 1year before you can compete. You will be able to practice at about 5months depending on how your healing progresses. Even professional athletes require 1 year to return to sports. Just ensure that your surgery is performed by a sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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How long can you go with out sugery on a torn tendon in the leg?

How long can you go with out sugery on a torn tendon in the leg?

Does it bother you? : How much pain can you take? Did you ask the doc if it would get worse? These are things to consider. ...Read more

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The wire has come out of my back braces bracket and i don't have time to go to the orthodontist, what should I do?

The wire has come out of my back braces bracket and i don't have time to go to the orthodontist, what should I do?

Cut the wire: with wire cutter or nail clipper close to the back of the brace. As you are cutting the wire, place your finger on the wire you are cutting off so that it doesn’t fly off towards the back of the mouth. If the wire is not poking you and you are not in any pain, just call your orthodontist to schedule an appointment for repair at your convenience. ...Read more

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I can't bend my knee all the way, although i can move it side ways, and I can run distances, play a demanding sport (football) with out feeling pain.

I can't bend my knee all the way, although i can move it side ways, and I can run distances, play a demanding sport (football) with out feeling pain.

Fluid in the knee: Mostly likely you have fluid in the knee. Is the problem in only one knee?Did it begin after a trauma? Do get checked for a cause, for changes you may need to make in your training program or movement mechanics, and to work out an appropriate treatment plan. In the meantime, apply local ice to the knee to see if that helps the range of motion, and avoid activities that make it worse. ...Read more

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I injured a knee ligament on the inside of the leg about 6 months ago. Is the pain ever going to go completely away? I want the ligament to heal. What

I injured a knee ligament on the inside of the leg about 6 months ago. Is the pain ever going to go completely away? I want the ligament to heal. What

Yes: This needs to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. For a sprained mcl pain should be gone in about 6 weeks. Since yours has persisted may be other problems. ...Read more

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Hurt ITB (partial splits, weight went on it while I fell). Can walk, just hurts after. Any risks carrying weights in the gym to work out upper body?

Hurt ITB (partial splits, weight went on it while I fell). Can walk, just hurts after. Any risks carrying weights in the gym to work out upper body?

None I can think of!: As long as you can do activities within limits of discomfort, which you can easily tolerate, & the discomfort/pain is not getting worse, in the knee, then you can continue to move your knee joint as well. Certainly no harm in doing upper body workouts. If getting worse, see your orthopod. Good Luck. ...Read more

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