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What does Heterotopic calcification posterior to the spinous process of C4. Calcification in the anterior longitudinal ligament at C4-5 mean?

What does  Heterotopic calcification posterior to the spinous process of C4.  Calcification in the anterior longitudinal ligament at C4-5 mean?

Calcium: The term heterotopic ossification (HO) describes bone formation at an abnormal anatomical site, usually in soft tissue. Other than surgically removing the tissue very conservative care is the typical approach. If pain is an issue then you may have to see a specialist. ...Read more

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more


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What do you recommend to treat a severed posterior longitudinal ligament?

What do you recommend to treat a severed posterior longitudinal ligament?

Depends: I presume you are speaking of the finger PLL. Treatment techniques depend on severity, age of injury, and the amount of deformity. If it is recent, splinting or surgery can correct the problem. If it occurred long ago, surgery may be the only way to correct it. If the deformity is mild, some people forego surgery and accept mild deformity after initial splinting. ...Read more

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How can you avoid or slow down the neck longitudinal ligament calcification?

You can't: An anomaly primarily in Asians. No way to prevent or avoid. If becomes a problem, can be surgically treated. ...Read more

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Thinning anterior ligament... How can a i restore it?

Thinning anterior ligament... How can a i restore it?

Can't: By exercising your are not directly restoring the thinned acl but improving the conditioning and strength of the lower extremity. This will reduce the likelihood of knee injuries and subsequent acl injury. When exercising focus on core/hip/knee/leg/ankle. If acl is torn its preferred that you fix it. If unsure from MRI then a scope could be considered. Discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Please help! I have damaged/torn my anterior cruciate ligament?

Scope: If it has torn completely and you have instability, may need arthroscopic acl reconstruction, especially if you are an active individual. Many orthopaedic surgeons will have the swelling subside, might get the individual into pt to optimize range of motion, then rehab is also important after surgery. For a small # of people who are very inactive, they may opt for conservative treatment. ...Read more

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Where is your anterior talofibular ligament?

See below: It is located on the front side of your foot connecting the bones of the talus with the fibula. ...Read more

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Is a tear of the anterior talofibular ligament bad?

Sprain: This ligament is the most common injured with a routine ankle sprain. Most will heal with rest, or immobilization. More severe injuries may require additional treatment. ...Read more

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Is there any cure to anterior cruciate ligament tear?

Scope: Complete acl tears will not heal on their own. Arthroscopic acl reconstruction ('scope') uses a graft in place of the torn ligament and typically can help active individuals with knee instability return to their prior level of functioning. ...Read more

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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 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 do the anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments do?

Stability: Together, they function to keep your knee in place. They keep the knee from moving too far front and back as we'll as rotating too far. The acl prevents forward shifting and rotating while the PCL prevents backward shifting and outward rotating. Tears of the acl do not heal and often end up with acl reconstructions. Pcl tears often heal partially and may not need surgery. ...Read more

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Where is the anterior cruciate ligament is located in the human body?

The knee: The anterior cruciate ligament is located directly in the center of the knee and is a major stabilizer of the knee joint. ...Read more

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What are some strengthening exercises for an anterior cruciate ligament?

What are some strengthening exercises for an anterior cruciate ligament?

Several!: Bike riding. Resistance exercise to get your biceps femoris 2/3 as strong as your quads. (leg curls!) these are the two best two prevent recurrence and not to develop degenerative arthritis! there are sporting activities that should be avoided that involve pivoting and contaqct! ...Read more

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I tore my anterior cruciate ligament 4 days ago now. Do i require surgery?

I tore my anterior cruciate ligament 4 days ago now. Do i require surgery?

Discuss w/ Ortho MD: Most torn acls eventually require surgical reconstruction in young active patients who desire to return to any sort of activities that require changing direction or quick starting and stopping. A thorough examination of your knee detailing any other concomitantly injured structures (meniscal tear, cartilage injury, etc.) will also dictate your indication and timing for potential acl surgery. ...Read more

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Will i need surgery for an anterior and posterior talofibular ligaments tear.?

It depends!: A tear in a ligament can be mild, moderate or severe. The treatment is determined by the amount of damage, other injuries, and if the joint is now unstable. Your doc will discuss your treatment options with you. Make sure you understand all your choices. Take notes, too. Sometimes, taking a trusted person with you to act as a second pair of ears is a good idea, too. Have your questions ready. ...Read more

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What should I do after having an operation to repair my anterior cruciate ligament?

What should I do after having an operation to repair my anterior cruciate ligament?

Rehab: Rehabilitation with a physical therapist for an acl protocol specified by your surgeon is very important in your recovery. ...Read more

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What does attenuated anterior crucial ligament mean?

What does attenuated anterior crucial ligament  mean?

Prior ACL injury: If the anterior cruciate ligament (acl) looks smaller, thinner or less robust than it should on an mri, it may be described as attenuated. Alternatively, this term may be used if the ligament seems a bit weak on physical examination. Either way, the suggestion is that there has been a prior injury or partial tear. ...Read more

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What is an anterior cruciate ligament?

What is an anterior cruciate ligament?

Knee ligament: Acl is a ligament found deep inside the knee that provides stability especially to rotational and front/back directed forces. It's very important for pivoting sports such as soccer, basketball, football etc. ...Read more

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