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Can You Play Football With A Torn Acl If You Use A Brace And Are Careful
Not Recommended: Football is a contact sport. The risk of sustaining a subluxation (partial dislocation) event is high with cutting and pivoting. When this happens further damage can occur to the knee in terms of meniscal tears, cartilage damage, and tears of other ligaments. A brace won't protect you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: At age 47 i'm assuming you are playing recreational football.If you have a well-fitted functional acl brace(don-joy defiance for example)and no other intrarticular injuries(meniscus tear) then u can try to play.Test it first by doing some hard 'cutting' on it at home or your local park.If it feels like its going to "give way' then u shouldn't play and possibly consider having it reconstucted.! ...Read more
Incomplete tear?: If the tear is complete, forget it. If the tear is minor, sufficient rehab can be done and strength assured so that an athlete may feel confident to return to full participation. However, the risk of then suffering a complete tear would certainly be worth considering. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Sorry to say it again but it all depends upon what he injury is. A non displaced fracture is difernet from a fracture that requires reduction , or internal fixation ( surgery) age is a factor not only fo rthe degree of injury but for who one is competing against. For example is a 5 year soccer star or a 21 year old blue liner! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?
Hello: Strictly : Hello: strictly speaking you do not need to wear a brace after acl surgery. Some patients like the supportive feel of an acl brace during rehab. In some instances and some sports, a brace may help protect against collision-related reinjuries. I do believe there is no strongly overwhelming evidence to mandate a brace or to avoid a brace, so i discuss the above with the patient and help them decide. I generally advise those who get a brace to use it for the first year back to sports, unless they do some higher-collision-risk sports infrequently (for example, skiing), then i would have no problem with their wearing the brace a couple times a year for those occasions for several years. I would have problems with patients who feel they "must" have a brace: then i would want to rule out residual instability, and if that is ruled out, work with those patients to make sure they are confident on their feet. After all, the acl reconstruction should provide stability! i hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Taping: Taping muscle can aid in recovering from injury. Spider taping has been used in athletes for this purpose, with some good results reported. There is no need to tape a muscle if you are healthy, without injury. ...Read more
Broken Fibula: It depends on where the break is and how bad it is. Sometimes your doctor will want you to wear the boot while sleeping in order to keep things in a good position. ...Read more
No: The meniscus is a "soft tissue" and as other soft tissues of the knee, x-rays go through them easily, so they are either not visible or only faintly visible on x-ray. In the case of the mensicus, they are not visualized unless they have calcium deposits and then there are only faint outlines. Thus it is not possible to detect a torn meniscus with a plain x-rays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Run yes, BB maybe: A torn ACL can cause variable amounts of instability. Under 25, a grade one Lachmans's is usually symptomatic. 25 to 50 y.o. can do well with grade one instability but may have symptoms of instability with grade 2. Over 50 usually do not need reconstruction. These are general rules and everyone experiences the problem differently. ...Read more
Would it be a good idea to wear an ankle brace on a sprained ankle or do I just need to not wear a brace and slowly let it get better without one?
Yes and no: This means you could play but you are taking a risk of further damaging the knee more. ...Read more
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