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How can I strengthen the ligaments in my knee after arthroscopic surgery?

How can I strengthen the ligaments in my knee after arthroscopic surgery?

Strength training: Increasing the strength of your lower extremity muscles including your glutes, quads, and hamstrings, will provide stability to the knee to following an arthroscopic surgery. We also believe building a solid foundation through your trunk muscles is essential for knee stability with functional activities, sport, and exercise. Squats, dead lifts, lunges, leg press, and planks are ideal exercises. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more


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How can I facilitate the repair of torn cartilage in my knees?

How can I facilitate the repair of torn cartilage in my knees?

Depends: It depends on the more specific nature of your problem. For example, some injuries may heal on their own, perhaps with some limited weight bearing, on the other hand, some cartilage injuries, such as a displaced menus cal tear may require surgery for repair or debridement. Your surgeon will be able to tell you much more about the specific nature of your problem. Thank you. ...Read more

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What can I do to bend the knee after arthroscopic surgery?

What can I do to bend the knee after arthroscopic surgery?

Depends: Many types of conditions are treated arthroscopically. Please ask your surgeon on your limitations and rehab protocol. They may have restrictions on range of motion and weight bearing depending on what was done. ...Read more

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How can I strengthen my patella after dislocation?

How can I strengthen my patella after dislocation?

Physiotherapy : Treatment for patellar dislocation is vital to hasten the healing process, reduce the likelihood of recurrence and ensure an optimal outcome. Treatment may comprise: soft tissue massage electrotherapy the use of crutches taping or bracing to correct patella position mobilization dry needling ice or heat treatment progressive exercises to improve flexibility, balance and strengthing. ...Read more

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How can I strengthen my muscle after a broken malleolus and torn peraunous to go back to playing soccer 5 months after surgery?

How can I strengthen my muscle after a broken malleolus and torn peraunous to go back to playing soccer 5 months after surgery?

Theraband : Your doctor can refer u to a physical therapist who can instruct u on a home program to strengthen your ankle muscles w/ theraband( including your peroneal tendons ).The therapist can also help u with proprioceptive( balance) exercises and sport- specific drills. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What's the best way to strengthen my quads after knee surgery?

What's the best way to strengthen my quads after knee surgery?

See Physical Therapy: seeing a physical therapist would be the best thing to do to get specific recommendations for the type of injury you had. See your primary care doc for a referral. One thing that's worked for me personally is one-legged squats. Start off standing on one foot with the other bent behind you for balance, squat down keeping the knee above the toe then extend back up. Go down as far as you can tolerate ...Read more

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How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

Depends.: Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks. If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there are typically no significant activity restrictions post-op. However, if the meniscus was repaired, typically this requires some bracing, protected weightbearing, and that may restrict on what you need to do to work. ...Read more

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How can I use the bathroom after hip arthroscopy surgery?

How can I use the bathroom after hip arthroscopy surgery?

Yes: The small portal incisions are out of harms way and will not prevent normal use of the bathroom. You may well be significantly slower with all the logistics involved but still able indeed. Sitting with hip flexed to 90 degrees is allowed after arthroscopy. Most arthroscopy distraction systems have a large firm but soft post centered about your perineum. This can cause postoperative discomfort. ...Read more

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How to deal with pain on knee after ACL and meniscus surgery?

How to deal with pain on knee after ACL and meniscus surgery?

Ask Ur surgeon: Most surgeons have their own protocol 4 post op pain, & u should b asking him/her. General things as elevate, ice, rest may help. It depends how far out u r from ur surgery. But don't b bashfull ask your surgeon for help. ...Read more

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They found some articular damage when i had my partial meniscectomy 2 weeks ago. How will this affect my recovery and running in the future?

They found some articular damage when i had my partial meniscectomy 2 weeks ago. How will this affect my recovery and running in the future?

Slows recovery: Meniscus tears resolve quickly after partial meniscectomy. The finding of cartilage damage puts a cloud over your recovery and ability to return to running. It will definitely slow it up to 6 weeks. The grade, location and size of the area of cartilage damage will ultimately come ino play. Articular damage often has no effect. Remain positive do physical therapy and listen to doc. ...Read more

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How do I get the swelling down in my knee after sports injury?

How do I get the swelling down in my knee after sports injury?

Ice: The fastest way is ice, elevation, compression and anti-inflammatories. If you get swelling after an injury, this should be evaluated as it could represent a fracture, ligament spain or meniscus tear. ...Read more

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Tore all ligaments in my foot and dislocated the bones, had surgery and screw put all back in place, how long should I expect to heal?

Tore all ligaments in my foot and dislocated the bones, had surgery and screw put all back in place, how long should I expect to heal?

Your surgeon: Can best answer this. We don't know the extent of your injury by the info given. But, your looking at at 6-8 weeks at minimum. ...Read more

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How soon will I be able to lift weights after having surgery for the slipped discs in my spine?

How soon will I be able to lift weights after having surgery for the slipped discs in my spine?

1 to 3 months: Your surgeon can guide you in your specific situation, but generally you need to let the soft tissues (disk, muscle, ligaments, skin) heal. That takes several months. Premature heavy lifting might cause another disk injury. Low impact aerobic activity helps recovery. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for ankle arthroscopic surgery? And when can I resume my normal activities after surgery?

How long is the recovery for ankle arthroscopic surgery? And when can I resume my normal activities after surgery?

Recovery: Your recovery depends on the extent of the surgery; the efficiency of your immune system; the delivery of essential nutrients to the surgical site for repair; the quality of your sleep; how well hydrated you are; the extent of your post-op physical therapy and activity level. In other words, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration. Expect at least 3 to 4 months on average. ...Read more

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How can I strengthen the ankle after a foot injury?

How can I strengthen the ankle after a foot injury?

Physical therapy.: See an Athletic Trainer or Physical Therapist, who will instruct you on the correct strengthening exercises. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more


Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more