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What are the types of exercises done for medial collateral ligament sprain? Can it heal with physical therapy alone?

What are the types of exercises done for medial collateral ligament sprain? Can it heal with physical therapy alone?

Mainly quad work: The medial collateral ligament is not directly treated by exercise. Such sprains need time, rest, ice/heat, and pain free exercise. Abnormal body mechanics need to be addressed. However, any knee injury benefits from directed physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee, especially the quadriceps. Many mcl (and even acl) injuries can be safely and confidently managed with pt. ...Read more

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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Collateral ligament sprain. What is treatment?

Collateral ligament sprain. What is treatment?

Which ligament?: There is a collateral ligament in the elbow, and also in the knee. Initial treatment might include bracing and nsaids. ...Read more

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What does medial collateral ligament proximally are thickened. Where is that in your knee?

What does medial collateral ligament proximally are thickened. Where is that in your knee?

The inside: Where you knees touch when you put them togetherit keeps your knee from opening toward the inside. ...Read more

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What does knee therapy for medial collateral ligament damage in my knee entail?

What does knee therapy for medial collateral ligament damage in my knee entail?

Muscle Strengthening: Typically, it involves strengthening the muscles such as the quadriceps and hamstrings. These muscles act as secondary stabilizers and with strengthening they can help unload the knee, stabilize it and allow the medial collateral ligament to continue to heal. ...Read more

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What treatments are there medial collateral ligament?

What treatments are there medial collateral ligament?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the injury. Mild to moderate injury is almost always physical therapy. Severe injury or complete disruption is usually addressed with operative repair. The decision is complex. Based on the age and health of the patient as well as the other parts of the knee that were injured at the time. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to be biking with a partially torn MCL (medial collateral ligament)?

Is it safe for me to be biking with a partially torn MCL (medial collateral ligament)?

Yes if comfortable: Biking does not stress the mcl so you should be fine if you do not have pain. If you do, a brace may be useful. ...Read more

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Bone bruising involving the medial aspect of the medial femoral condyle. Partial thickness tear of the medial collateral ligament adjacent to the fem.

Bone bruising involving the medial aspect of the medial femoral condyle. Partial thickness tear of the medial collateral ligament adjacent to the fem.

Orthopedic followup: Sounds like a traumatic injury, athletic or otherwise. How recent? How much pain, swelling do you have? What level of activity are you returning to? An orthopedic specialist & physical therapist can help. ...Read more

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What does chondrocalcinosis mean? Where are the medial collateral ligament fibers in the knee? What does it mean there is an abnormal focal region acl

What does chondrocalcinosis mean? Where are the medial collateral ligament fibers in the knee? What does it mean there is an abnormal focal region acl

Read below: Chondrocalcinosis is abnormal deposits of calcium typically at the meniscus. The medial collateral ligaments (mcl) fibers are on the inside part of the knee. An abnormal focal region of the acl means that the acl has degenerated a bit. This can happen with age (unfortunately) or it can happen after an injury. ...Read more

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If I sprained my lateral collateral ligament what can be done to speed recovery so I can return to soccer?

Brace: A lateral (fibular) collateral ligament injury can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks followed by strengthening and return to activities in 8-12 weeks. Stress xrays can help determine if it heals correctly. However, this is commonly associated with other ligament injuries and usually needs to be surgically reconstructed in this setting. That requires a wait of 1 year to return to sport. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain and a meniscus tear?

What's the difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain and a meniscus tear?

Ligament: The lateral collaterals are the ligaments that support the bones. The meniscus is the actual joint surface called cartilage. ...Read more

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How can you get a medial ligament sprain, what sport or movement does this?

Sprain: I assume you mean the medial ligaments of the ankle. These ligaments can get sprained in almost any sport when a forceful stress twists the ankle. ...Read more

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Whats difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

Whats difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

Difficult question: A meniscus tear is a tear of the cushions within the knee that give the knee more surface contact area (it takes the load off of the cartilage in your knee to make it last longer). The lateral collateral ligament is a complex set of ligaments on the outside of the knee that keeps the knee stable. It has a role in holding your knee in place, controlling rotation, and augmenting movement. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

How do you differentiate between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

See below: The physical exam findings are beyond our allowed 400 characters but suffice it to say that there are specific findings that differentiate the two. Any physical diagnosis text will describe the differences. Mri is becoming more and more routine as well. ...Read more

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How is a ligament sprain treated in er?

How is a ligament sprain treated in er?

RICE: Rest, ice elevation, wrapping (compression to for swelli, patients are usually given crutches based on pain level) x-rays are often done to ensure there are no broken bones ( a common problem that mimics sprains), pain medication or anti - inlammatories and patients are encouraged to see an md in a few days to be sure all is well the acronym :rice: refers to rest, ice, compression and elevation. ...Read more

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How is a ligament sprain self-diagnosed?

Point tenderness: Each ligament is in a specific location so the pain will be at that specific location. However -- fractures and other injuries can present the same way so get checked and get an xray to be sure a bone in not broken. ...Read more

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How should I treat a ligament sprain?

How should I treat a ligament sprain?

First aid: For a sprain involves rest, ice, elevation and compression (ace bandage). Minor sprains feel better in a day or so (the older we get, the longer it takes).

If you're not noticeably better in 1-2 days (or are in agony now), you must see a doctor. In general, orthopedists treat sprains. If it's your foot or ankle, you can also see a podiatrist. Feel better! ...Read more

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How can I treat a ligament sprain / tear?

How can I treat a ligament sprain / tear?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation.

You really shoud see a doctor to determine between sprain or tear since this will alter treatment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ligament sprain?

What is the definition or description of: ligament sprain?

They R graded: 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= more rehab.Iii=>rpain, swelng, discolor. ...Read more

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Do they grade lateral ligament sprain in knee?

Do they grade lateral ligament sprain in knee?

Not as often: While many physicians grade ligaments sprains by grade (such as the mcl), the lateral collateral ligament is much more complex. It is more often associated with PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) tears, multiligament tears (or knee dislocations). The lateral collateral represents a number of ligaments that hold the outside of the knee stable. It is more complex than can be addressed here. ...Read more

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What to do for pain after removal of plaster of knee ligament sprain?

What to do for pain after removal of plaster of knee ligament sprain?

Motion: It sounds like you were immobilized with plaster for a knee sprain. Typically this is done for about 2 weeks, after which by far the most important goal is restoring motion and strength to the joint. Depending on the severity of the injury, a hinged brace will likely be used to protect the stability of the joint while working on progressively increasing range of motion and strength. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could you please help me with a question regarding anterior talofibular ligament sprain?

See below: It usually occurs from a traumatic injury.
It will usually respond to conservative care and immobilization, but may need surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ligament sprain/pull/bruise to heal?

How long does it take for a ligament sprain/pull/bruise to heal?

1-3 months: We define a bruise as some bleeding in the area of injury, followed by a healing response over 1-3 weeks. A sprain is defined as a tear of ligaments, and take 1-3 months to heal. Some will not heal, depending on location and severity. A pull is a tear in muscles or tendons, which can take 1-3 months or not at all depending on location and severity. ...Read more

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How can you tear a ligament (sprain) your ankle?

How can you tear a ligament (sprain) your ankle?

Many ways: You could have twisted it or stepped in a hole. Excessive stretching of the ligament could create a tear. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament sprain?

Usually 3 months: If the ligament is incompletely torn it usually heals in 2-3 months. Complete tears or grade 3 sprains may require reconstruction. Functional instability is the determining reason for surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for swelling to go down after a scapho-lunate ligament sprain?

How long does it take for swelling to go down after a scapho-lunate ligament sprain?

Depends...: Scapholunate ligaments typically tear; however a sprain can occur. Because the normal alignment of your carpal bones has changed you may always notice a difference in the size of your wrist. You should notice a decrease in the swelling if you keep your wrist immobilized within a few weeks of injury. If swelling or pain persists, following up with your hand surgeon is imperitive. ...Read more

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If I have a bad ligament sprain in my foot, are there any exercises to do ?

If I have a bad ligament sprain in my foot, are there any exercises to do ?

Where on your foot?: There are over 126 ligaments in the foot. Any one of these may be "strained" and could cause pain individually or as a collective. The most common ligaments to be injured are around the ankle. Baps board exercises or resistance theraband exercises may do a lot to alleviate these injuries and prevent them from coming back. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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


Dr. Payam Rafat
1,209 doctors shared insights

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