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Anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, what to do?

Anterior cruciate ligament knee injury, what to do?

See a specialist.: See a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic knee surgeon, who has experience with ACL's. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Ligament Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury 2 a ligament. They give ar joints stability. Grade i is minor, has pain, minimal swelling, & respond 2 rest, ice & elevation. Grd ii r=more pain, swelling respond slower 2 rest, ice, elevate, usually brace. 4-6 wk recovery. Lig has been stretched & may have torn fibers. Grd iii=complete tear some do surg brace/cast 6-8 wks recov. Ii&iii= ...Read more


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How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

Depends: If a complete acl tear is not surgically reconstructed, the injury never heals back together. Sometimes without surgery, patients have enough stability to function fairly well. Surgery is performed when indicated to reconstruct the torn ligament. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) sprain?

What is the recovery time for a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) sprain?

PCL sprain: Pcl sprains can, depending on the severity of the sprain, recover in 6-8 weeks. Occasionally surgery is required if the knee remains unstable after the sprain. This can be performed arthroscopically in the hands of a surgeon with experience with the injury. ...Read more

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How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Significant: Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee. It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee. ...Read more

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Could a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) heal itself over time?

Could a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) heal itself over time?

Usually not: Pcl injuries, if complete, have zero healing potential. In partial injuries (sprains) depending on your age and other factors healing is possible. ...Read more

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Can the knee's ACL and PCL ligament injuries heal naturally?

Can the knee's ACL and PCL ligament injuries heal naturally?

Acl/pcl healing: If an acl and PCL tear these ligaments do not typically heal; this is due in part to the synovial environment in which these ligaments reside as well as the demand that is exacted on these ligaments. Whether one is symptomatic with these injuries is in large part measured by the degree of activity in which a patient participates in and the number of hours one is actively engaged. ...Read more

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What does anterior cruciate ligament ACL injury feel like?

What does  anterior cruciate ligament ACL injury feel like?

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. ...Read more

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How successful is ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

How successful is ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

Very successful: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery has undergone considerable changes over the past decade. Intensive research into the biomechanics of the injured and the operated knee have led to a movement away from the techniques of the early 1980's characterized by post operative casting and delayed rehabilitation, to the current early rehabilitation program which in made the result better. ...Read more

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How long will rehabilitation after arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament be?

How long will rehabilitation after arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament be?

2-3 months: Intensive therapy to regain range of motion, reduce swelling and then regain strength will last between 2-3 months. Long term strengthening will be necessary, for best results, for up to 1-2 years after surgery. This long term strengthening can be done at home or at the gym. ...Read more

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Anterior talofibular ligament/tendon injury, what to do?

Anterior talofibular ligament/tendon injury, what to do?

Classic Ankle Sprain: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (r.I.C.E. Therapy) with addition of nsaids if feasible. If no improvement in pain and swelling in several days, seek thorough evaluation by your physician. Radiographs would likely be assessed. ...Read more

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Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

6-12 weeks: It really depends on which ligaments are injured and how badly they are torn. Many ankle ligament injuries heal nonoperatively while others require surgery for stabilization. ...Read more

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Is the anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery is painful?

Is the anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery is painful?

Yes (to an extent): Any surgery will cause post-operative pain. There will also be discomfort with the therapy that is required after the procedure. Different patients have different pain thresholds, but usually, the pain post-operatively isn't so bad (from the feedback i've gotten from my patients who have had the surgery). ...Read more

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What is anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

What is anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

ACL: The acl is the main stabilizing ligament in the knee. When it tears or ruptures, it can not be repaired, but needs to be reconstructed with a graft. There are numerous graft options which can be used to make a "new" acl. ...Read more

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What injuries does the anterior cruciate ligament prevent?

What injuries does the anterior cruciate ligament prevent?

Knee instability: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) is one of four major ligaments in the knee to help maintain knee stability (the others include the posterior cruciate ligament - pcl, lateral collateral ligament - lcl, and the medial collateral ligament - mcl). The ACL is the most significant of the four and helps prevent the lower leg from sliding forward from the upper leg. ...Read more

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What could cause anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

What could cause anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Knee hyperextension: The ACL may tear when certain movements of the knee place a great strain on the acl. Hyperextension of the knee, that is, if the knee is straightened more than 10 degrees beyond its normal fully straightened position, is a very common cause of an torn acl. This position of the knee forces the lower leg excessively forward in relation to the upper leg. Pivoting injuries of the knee with exc. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Riker
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Partial Thromboplastin Time (Definition)

The time required for clot formation in blood plasma after activation and addition of platelet particles such as phospholipids. The test called PTT or aptt is used to assess the coagulation pathways or clotting pathways in your blood. A prolonged aptt can indicate a deficiency of a component of the clotting pathways, such as factors xii, xi, ix, viii, x, v, ...Read more


Bleeding Time (Definition)

Bleeding time is a medical test done on someone to assess their platelet function a blood pressure cuff is inflated around your upper arm. While the cuff is on your arm, the health care provider makes two small cuts on the lower arm. They are just deep enough to cause a tiny amount of bleeding. The health care provider records the time it takes for the ...Read more