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Do Braces Actually Work In Preventing Acl Injuries
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Preseason condition: I love football! unfortunately there are no exercises, braces, dietary supplements that can prevent injury in this game. Without a doubt the better condition you are in at the beginning and throughout the season will be helpful to get out of your stance, run, cut, make your play while hopefully avoiding injury. Aerobics, strength and flexibility are all important in injury prevention. ...Read more
Strengthen: Probably the best way would be to work on hamstring and quad strengthening exercises especially in the offseason the use of plyometric exercises also would be beneficial. If you have significant instability, the use of a stabiliztion brace might prevent more significant injuries. But preseason conditioning would be the key in my mind. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How does ankle syndesmosis surgery work? Do they repair the ligaments that are damaged at the same time?
Some do not me: If cn early i only reduced the syndesmosis & transfixed with a screw, post op boot, no wt bearing 6-8 weeks. Then screw removal and rehab. I would always fix in some plantar flexion which gives a tight fit, but dorsiflexion is regained thu rehab. Some longer than others. Others will open & sort of repaire the shreded ligament but i never did. B sure screw is a lag & sticks out the tibial side. ...Read more
See below: Strengthen the surrounding muscles of the knee as well as you can. This will help keep the injured ligaments in place due to the increased muscle tone surround the knee. Obviously, the older you are , the harder and longer this may take. See your orthopedist and physical therapists for more help. ...Read more
Balance board!!: After recovery from an ankle sprain, whether deltoid or lateral ligaments, the most effective exercise I have found for my patients is the use of a balance board. They are cheap and effective in improving strength of the muscles/tendons around the ankle and improving proprioception. Always consult your physical therapist and foot/ankle specialist before new activities/exercises. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What exercise(s) do u recommend to strengthen ankles to wear heals & walk more securely w/o tripping? Minor ataxic gait but not to point o/instability
Please minimize use!: I'm sorry to not provide the answer you're looking for. I don't know if there are any exercises that help you wear high heels more, but even if there are it would be unwise to give you info that would allow you to wear them more often because it's so bad for your health- see http://bit.Ly/1bnsjku ; http://wapo.St/1c2qow8 it's not that you should never wear them but only on occ. For short times. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Helmets: Helmets are use in football and other combat sports to prevent fractured skulls. The have never been nor have they been determined to prevent concussions. The energy developed by a head to head or head to body collision when the head stops and the brain continues to move is the source of the concussion. Not hitting with your head is the answer. We are teaching not to do this in combat sports. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brace: Aside from wearing proper shoes for the sport, i would recommend wearing a lace up ankle brace. You can get these at most pharmacys. They should be slim enough to fit into your shoes and would give you added support to prevent some common ankle injuries. ...Read more
Female athletes: There is certainly an increased incidence of acl tears in female athletes. This has been studied quite extensively, and the consensus is generally that it is related to the way many female athletes jump and land. There is sime vewry good preseason training programs to improve strength, balance and flexibility, that has been shown to decrease the incidence of acl tears. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do retainers prevent underbite from relapsing after ortho? I know they prevent movement within the arch but how do they prevent bad bite relapse?
Orthodontics: If you've been treated adequately by a skilled Orthodontist, he/she can discuss these issues with you better on a one to one basis, rather than a simple answer over the internet. If you have not seen an Orthodontist, find one and discuss treatment options, prognosis, limitations and retention afterwards. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
27y/o and exploring braces. treatment includes using quad helix expander(8-10mo) in molar and braces at the same time to fix cross bite. does it work?
Be careful: If your cross bite is dental (upper teeth tipped inward) quad helix is modestly effective for adults. There are so many more effective tooth expanders available. If cross bite is skeletal (upper jaw too narrow when compared to lower) the jaw itself has to be widened, and in adults that means doing expansion coupled with surgery. Make sure you see a qualified Orthodontic Specialist for your care ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do doctors know of any supplements that aid in soft tissue (tendons/muscles/ligaments) recovery from athletic injury ? Or that promote healthy ones?
Many can help: I advise an anti-inflammatory diet: http://bit.Ly/1awxd11 important nutrients include vitamin c, b6, b12, magnesium, manganese ; zinc- see http://www.Terrytalksnutrition.Com/weekly-articles/2010/10-01/stay-connected-healthy-ligaments-and-tendons/ homeopathy can help (consider ruta grav). Some advise taking collagen. ...Read more
PT: Your knee has both static stabilizers (acl and pcl) and dynamic stabilizers (quads and hamstrings). Hamstring and quadricep strengthening is usually incorporated into acl rehab. Leg extension and flexion exercises in a brace can be helpful. Talk to your physical therapist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does someone with a screw in there foot more prone to stress fractures while doing military type training?
Screw in foot: Does someone with a screw in there foot more prone to stress fractures while doing military type training? ANS: you should not be doing military training with a screw in foot. I recommend removing screw first if is just" in your foot".. Dr. humor here. But if screw in bone in old fracture then you should not be doing heavy military training but ask your military Dr. ...Read more
Here are some: Straight leg raises wall squats single leg squat (only 45 degrees) calf raises and calf drops from a step a formal session with a physical therapist could be worth while to get you on your way previous ankle sprains need specific treatment to improve range and proprioception. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ruptured ulnar collateral ligament of thumb had surgery- when do most people return to work at office job?
Depends- 3 - 90 days: Return to work after repair of the ulnar collateral ligament (ucl) of the thumb (skiers thumb) depends on what you have to do at work and which hand (dominant or not) is injured. I have had a surgeon go back to office practice in three days and a patient who does typing work take 2 months. But usually within the first few weeks. You need to discuss your specific situation with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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