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Dr. Estrada Bernard
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
289K people helped
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R arm/shoulder/neck pain ×7yrs. Hand is cold, fingers swollen. Surgeries include : wrist tendon release/bone spur, wrist for torn ligaments & radial nerve release. Zero pain relief. Where to go now?

Dr. Estrada Bernard
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
33 years in practice
289K people helped
R arm/shoulder/neck pain ×7yrs. Hand is cold, fingers swollen. Surgeries include : wrist tendon release/bone spur, wrist for torn ligaments & radial nerve release. Zero pain relief. Where to go now?

Pain specialist: Have a pain specialist evaluate you to determine if you meet criteria for complex regional pain syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
Board Certified
23 years in practice
264K people helped
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Dr. Aileen Shieu
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
15 years in practice
61K people helped
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Can you tell me the difference between a damaged tendon and a damaged ligament?

Dr. Aileen Shieu
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
15 years in practice
61K people helped
Can you tell me the difference between a damaged tendon and a damaged ligament?

Yes: The tendons move your fingers and wrists. If it is damaged, you may lose the ability to bend or straighten the affected part. Ligaments support your joints, holding bones together. If that is damaged, you may have swelling to the region and instability to the joint. This means that it may hurt when you move the joint, or that it will move improperly. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
Board Certified
23 years in practice
264K people helped
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Dr. Alex Meyers
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
20 years in practice
136K people helped
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How can ligaments or tendons be teared?

Dr. Alex Meyers
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
20 years in practice
136K people helped
How can ligaments or tendons be teared?

Tendon/ligament tear: Ligaments stabilize and typically run along the sides if joints. Tendons attach muscle to bone. Ligaments are torn when a joint is dislocated or strained. Tendons are torn when the muscle pulling on the bone pulls with more force than the tensile strength of the tendon will allow. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
361K people helped
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Why we use tendon to replace torn ligament? If tendon is torn, can we use ligament to replace it?

Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
31 years in practice
361K people helped
Why we use tendon to replace torn ligament? If tendon is torn, can we use ligament to replace it?

Ligaments: Ligaments go from bone to bone - usually short distance. Ligaments are usually not expendable. Tendons can be split , transferred and moved to substitute for damaged ligaments. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
Board Certified
23 years in practice
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Dr. Daniel McGee
Board Certified, Family Medicine
11 years in practice
333K people helped
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Ligaments, tendons, and fasciae are all kinds of connective tissue, right?

Dr. Daniel McGee
Board Certified, Family Medicine
11 years in practice
333K people helped

Yes: Ligaments connect bones to other bones. Tendons connect muscles to bones. And fascia surrounds muscle groups. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
29 years in practice
34M people helped
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How to know if you have broken tendon or ligament?

Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
29 years in practice
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How to know if you have broken tendon or ligament?

Function loss, defor: Most tendons perform a specified function. Loss of that function or deformity of the associated joint is likely the first indication of tendon or ligament injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 years in practice
7M people helped
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What is the difference in function/purpose between tendons and ligaments?

Dr. Susan Arnoult
Board Certified, Family Medicine
20 years in practice
7M people helped
What is the difference in function/purpose between tendons and ligaments?

Connections: Tendons connect muscle to bone. Ligaments connect bone to bone. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
53M people helped
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Do ligaments and tendons require blood supply?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
44 years in practice
53M people helped

Yes: In order to survive they blood vessels that carry the blood for them. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Board Certified, Rheumatology
43 years in practice
69M people helped
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Are ligaments, tendons, and fasciae all kinds of connective tissue?

Dr. Thomas Namey
Board Certified, Rheumatology
43 years in practice
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Are ligaments, tendons, and fasciae all kinds of connective tissue?

Yes!: They are tissues that in children and adults are composed of collagen and some elastin. Children have more type 3 collagen, and in adults it is more type 1. As collagen ages, more cross-links form, limiting flexibility and stretch as we age. The three connective tissues you identify, have different collagen and elastin arrays, and are very avascular, compared to muscle, slowing healing time. ...Read more

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Dr. Darren Corteen
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
124K people helped
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What can I do to treat loose ligaments and tendons?

Dr. Darren Corteen
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
124K people helped

Strengthen muscles: You can't alter the tension in the ligaments around a joint without surgery. You can however optimize the function of the surrounding muscles or dynamic stabilizers of the joint. This, for example, is the initial approach in someone who has an inherently loose shoulder (loose ligaments without tearing) and is often successfull. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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