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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Need X-ray: You need to get your foot/ankle checked and x-rays taken in order to determine if a fracture is present. If this is a recent injury, the tightness can be from swelling from both conditions. However, it is important to diagnose the correct condition so proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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Walking smart on a foot ligament sprain?

Walking smart on a foot ligament sprain?

Common sense: If it hurts don't do it. It depends on the degree of injury. If not severe, walking using a shoe with good support should be okay. ...Read more

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What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

Sprain: Sometimes a high sprain is referred to the syndesmotic ligament of the tibia and fibula. More often than not it refers to the degree of the sprain ...Read more

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How does an anterior ankle sprain cause post tibial tendinitis?

How does an anterior ankle sprain cause post tibial tendinitis?

PTT kinesiology:: Posterior tibial tendinitis could result from an anterior ankle injury when there is excessive demand placed on the tibialis posterior muscle due to anterior ankle laxity. When one part of a joint becomes weak another part becomes overworked to compensate. This is one reason that ankle injuries need thorough evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment by a qualified doctor. ...Read more

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Partial atfl tear and tensosynovitis of ankle on mri. Suffer future sprains?

Partial atfl tear and tensosynovitis of ankle on mri. Suffer future sprains?

Orthotics can help: There is most likely a biomechanical issue. If the deltoid and posterior ligaments are intact, you should be able to recover fairly well. Alignment and stability issues can be addressed via custom orthoses/bracing. ...Read more

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PCLavulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adj tibial bone edema.grade1 strain of ACL.grade2strain lateral coll lig strain.is surgery req?

PCLavulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adj tibial bone edema.grade1 strain of ACL.grade2strain lateral coll lig strain.is surgery req?

Yes, it should if-: -U expect 2 have a functioning knee 4 the rest of Ur life. It can only separate more, & a simple reduction & fixation will do what U want it 2 do, reunite the fragment 2 the tibia. The image is a tear & requires a major reconstruction if not fixed. U risk the fragment becoming a nonunion. ...Read more

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Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Physical exam: An xray will not directly show a patellar tendon rupture, however, typically your knee cap will be further up your leg than normal. The xray will also show if a piece of bone was pulled off of the patella or tibia. The diagnosis is made clinically - you cannot raise your leg straight up while keeping your knee straight. You may also feel a defect in the tendon. ...Read more

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What hurts worse a fractured ankle or Achilles tendon?

What hurts worse a fractured ankle or Achilles tendon?

Depends: There are so many variables like how bad the fracture or tear was that a comparison is not really fair. Let's say both are not good both can hurt and neither are fun to undergo. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

BRACING/REHAB: Bracing and a formal rehab program should be tried first. If unsuccessful, then consider surgery. ...Read more

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What is a medial ankle sprain?

What is a medial ankle sprain?

Location of injury: A medial ankle injury is a soft tissue injury to the inner side of the ankle corresponding to the same side as that of the big toe. ...Read more

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Pateller strain or tibia shin splints?

Pateller strain or tibia shin splints?

Depends: Depends where the pain is. Patellar tendonitis pain is higher up near the knee cap, and shin splints are lower down on the inner aspect of the tibia bone. ...Read more

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Can you sprain a knee ligament?

Can you sprain a knee ligament?

Absolutely : Sprains of knee ligaments are very common, with the inside ligament, the mcl, leading the way. Acl tears often get the most attention, as they often require surgical reconstruction and athletes to miss 6-12 months of competition. A sprain, by definition, is a partial or full thickness tear of a ligament, a soft tissue structure connecting bone to bone. ...Read more

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Bauerfeind malleotrain plus ankle brace or aso flex-hinge brace, which is better for ankle spurs?

Bauerfeind malleotrain plus ankle brace or aso flex-hinge brace, which is better for ankle spurs?

Matter of preference: Where exactly are the spurs? Spurs sometimes depending on the location have little to do with pain and other times are the primary reason. In the after cases it may be recommended they be shaven down. ...Read more

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How long is a grade 1 ACL tear and a strained LCL recovery My PT guy thinks its a grade 1 ACL tear strained LCL and maybe PCL and meniscus strain.

How long is a grade 1 ACL tear and a strained LCL recovery My PT guy thinks its a grade 1 ACL tear strained LCL and maybe PCL and meniscus strain.

See ORS: Don't know the mechanism of your injury but you need to see a good orthopedist. If you haven't torn your ACL or meniscus you are going to be fine . LCL strains heal on their own when mild. A good examination by a board certified orthopedist will tell u what's up... PT's are great but they are not physicians... See your ORS! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella , knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear.Mcland lcl strain. ?

Mri comes back with grade II to III chondromalacia patella , knee joint effusion with ganglion, longitudinal partial tear.Mcland lcl strain. ?

Conservative Rx: Depends upon your primary complaint and whether there was a mechanism of injury. Chondromalacia(i.e.Cartilage wear=arthritis) is common and can cause swelling and pain. Collateral ligament strains/partial tears (mcl+lcl) should be managed well conservatively. Recommend seeing a pt for motion, strengthening, edema control. Am a fan of a stationary bike as well (nonimpact knee motion+strengthening). ...Read more

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Difference of broken vs. Sprained ankle?

Difference of broken vs. Sprained ankle?

See below: A sprain is the over pulling of tendons & ligaments. A fracture is the breaking of a bone. ...Read more

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What is worse a fractured hip or a sprain hip flexor?

Surgery vs Rehab: A fracture of the hip will most likely require surgery while a strain of a muscle will require stretching and strength training. ...Read more

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What's the best ankle brace for a ruptured Achilles tendon?

What's the best ankle brace for a ruptured Achilles tendon?

See your doctor: As a decision to operate or not needs to be made. Having said that bledsoe makes a nice achilles tendon brace. But, you should be followed by a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more