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Glucosamine Mcl Recovery
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide band of tissue (a ligament) that runs along the inner side of each knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), to help stabilize the knee joint. The MCL's main purpose is to prevent knees from bending too far ...Read more
No: Glucosamine is a building block in the formation of knee cartilage, so some have recommended taking it as a dietary supplement to improve the health of your knee cartilage. In a knee arthroplasty, the cartilage is removed and the knee is resurfaced/replaced with a metal and plastic prosthesis. Since there is no cartilage left, any benefit, which is theoretical anyway, would not be seen. ...Read more
Mcl knee injury: Length of recovery time depends upon whether there are other associated structural injuries. Isolated grade 1 or 2 MCL tears r treated effectively non operatively , typically recovering fully within 6- 10 weeks. Surgical MCL repairs of grade 3 tears will take 10-16 weeks. If patient also has injured their Acl or post lateral corner recovery will take 4-6 months, ...Read more
Variable: For a mild, grade i mcl sprain, recovery can be variable from 4 to 8 weeks. Influencing variables include your sex, age, and other medical conditions. In addition, how aggressive you are with daily physical rehabilitation, either at home and/or with a physical therapist, and wearing an appropriate brace will also influence how quickly you can return to your prior level of activity. ...Read more
Depends: Arthroscopic meniscal repair or resection is a common procedure.Most adults are 'recovered ' by 6 wks.Unususal to have an mcl repair w/ meniscus surgery by itself.Alot of times the mcl can heal on its own or in a brace.If it is completely torn and quite unstable(w/acl intact) it may take another 4-6 wks or longer for complete healing.Again, unusual combination here..Good luck! ...Read more
It depends on the: Severity of the injury between 6-12 weeks. ...Read more
No: There are no supplements that have been proven to improve the rate of recovery from an mcl injury. Proper nutrition and regular exercise, in combinatioon with avoiding excessive alcohol use, tobacco abuse, or obesity are factors associated with optimal healing, but not necessarily with healing faster than normal. ...Read more
See ORS: Your question about the possibility of injury to these knee ligaments and cartilage is too vague.U need to be examined and see exactly what has been injured specifically because the treatment will vary. Meniscus tears alone may require arthroscopic surgery. Acl , and mcl injuries treatment differs esp. @ age 49 w/ severity of instability, activity level, etc..See a board certified ors. ...Read more
Just an estimate: While hard to be specific without knowing more of the details, from the list you are asking about, the acl is likely the limiting factor. The healing and therapy after an acl reconstruction is 6-9 months. The meniscus and mcl will heal during this time, but the acl usually takes the longest. ...Read more
Knee ligaments: Severe injuries of the knee involving 2 ligaments & meniscus will require a few months to 6-8 months to recover depending unpinned the selected treatment . Non surgical care using a brace , NSAIDs and pt typically results in some recovery within 2-3 months . Surgery , to include acl reconstruction , partial menisectomy will require the longer quoted period of time ...Read more
My daughter is having MCL surgery.. I cannot find much about it or the recovery online. Is recovery similar to an ACL reconstruction?
MCL repairs R not-: -common these days. If a bone fragment came off with the ligament, it's a faster recovery as it is fixed solidly by wires or screws. If this a reconstruction, about the same as an ACL as far as recovery, which again depends on what is used as the graft. Expect a brace with limited motion, especially in extension. In extension the MCL is very tight so usually it's @ about -30 of extension.&rehab. ...Read more
Im 45, complete tear in my ACL partial tear in my MCL and meniscus, waiting for surgery , to know what is the recovery time after surgery n do i need ?
Varies: The recovery time for a standard ACL is usually 6-12 months, however, that will vary based on physical demand, overall general health, and fitness goals. Speak to your surgeon about this. S/he will have more insight in providing you personalized care. ...Read more
What is the typical recovery time for a rt leg meniscal repair (partial meniscectomy) and MCL reconstruction. How long in 0 brace & how long to drive?
Varies: When a ligament is reconstructed, the rehab time is longer because the repair needs to be protected. Rehab time depends on your age and level of fitness prior to surgery, and also on your surgeon and the type of reconstruction. I would say no driving for at least 6 weeks. Early rom in a brace is generally encouraged. ...Read more
Post Op: Unfortunately the doctors here will defer on this question. This is such a significant question that it must be addressed by your surgeon. I am sure the surgeon sent you home with post operative instructions. If you did not discuss when you can resume extreme physical activity i would contact them and ask. ...Read more
Strained left knee mcl. I play golf. How soon can I play and what are best rehab exercises for speediest recovery?
When pain free: Usually a couple of weeks. Brace helps. Quad and hamstring exercises help. Usually takes 4-6 weeks to heal if isolated mcl. ...Read more
Can you tear acl/ MCL if a knee cap dislocation, x3weeks later still can't bend knee past 45* I've dislocated b4 and can't remember recovery last4ever.?
Yes it's possible: You should see a sports medicine specialist whose expertise includes knee reconstruction; acl/mcl and patella dislocation are more commonly independent, but sometimes do occur from the same injury; your md will perform a thorough exam which often can diagnose the injury(ies), get x-rays to rule out fracture, likely order mri, recommend + oversee treatment; you might benefit from surgery. Good luc. ...Read more
What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?
Difficult to say: You describe a fairly significant knee operation and set of injuries. It's hard to say without examining you and reviewing your studies. Your orthopedic surgeon is in the best position to answer this question. It's safe to say that your recovery will last for several months with a lot of physical therapy. ...Read more
Agree with Wikipedia: The possible effects of glucosamine sulfate in patients with osteoarthritis may be the result of its anti-inflammatory activity,  the stimulation of the synthesis of proteoglycans,  and the decrease in catabolic activity of chondrocytes inhibiting the synthesis of proteolytic enzymes and other substances that contribute to damage cartilage matrix and cause death of articular chondrocytes. ...Read more
I do: There have been numerous studies examining this subject. While not every study is favorable there are several well controlled studies which have shown benefit, especially for oa of the knees. Take at least 1, 500 mg daily for at least a 3 month trial before deciding if it helps. ...Read more
Glucosamine is a vitamin that is sometimes used to help try and prevent joint problems, not just the tmj joints. There is usually no harm in trying this. However, if you have a disc problem it may not help. There are a lot of references online that you can read up on for this.
Hope this helps. ...Read more
As well as anyone: Else. Many physicians and patients think it is usefull in alleviating knee and other joint pain. The theory is the supplement provides building blocks for critical joint elements. ...Read more