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How can I tell if I need to have a PCL repair?

How can I tell if I need to have a PCL repair?

Depends on symptoms: The best way to determine if you need PCL surgery is by your symptoms and what your knee feels like on physical exam. Mri or xray findings can show the injury but really how unstable the knee is during activities is really the most important thing. ...Read more

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Posterior Cruciate Ligament (Definition)

The posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) is one of the main central ligaments within the knee that originates on the femur and inserts on the back of the tibia. The PCL prevents the ...Read more


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How can I tell if I have a torn meniscus?

How can I tell if I have a torn meniscus?

Pain/ swelling: A torn meniscus in someone your age is typically related to an injury. A twisting injury or deep bending of the knee while bearing heavy weight (squats/lunges) are usual mechanisms. Pain along the joint line associated with joint swelling is expected. Swelling may be mild/ moderate. Loss of full extension or pain with full flexion or extension and catching/ locking sensation highly suggestive. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a meniscus tear?

How to know if I have a meniscus tear?

Diagnosis a meniscal: Google mcmurray's test. It often is a pain at the joint line area. Swelling is usually involved as well. Mri is helpful to diagnose it too, but not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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How would i be able to tell if I have an ACL injury?

How would i be able to tell if I have an ACL injury?

See below: Instability or increased laxity with certain physical manipulations during exam of the knee can suggest an acl injury. See you doctor for an evaluation and if your doc is unsure, seeing orthopedics and/or getting an MRI of the knee can confirm this. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a torn ligament?

How can I know if I have a torn ligament?

Rip torn: A ligament tear can be described as slight, partially torn and completely torn. The injury will probably show varying degrees of swelling, bruising and certainly pain. In the more severe tears there will be some degree of joint instability. Some type of imaging like X-ray or MRI, could make it easier to not only check for fracture but also verify the degree of injury. ...Read more

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How can I know if I really need to have arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How can I know if I really need to have arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

If failed therapy: For most shoulder injuries or conditions, surgery is an option, but only after an adequate amount of time has been allowed for the condition to resolve, and conservative treatment with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and activity modification have been tried. However, surgery might be the best option for painful rotator cuff or cartilage tears, instability, or impingement. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a torn meniscus?

How to determine if I have a torn meniscus?

You'll have symptoms: Like pain, swelling, tenderness, catching sensation in the knee whenever it is moved, even sensation of knee giving way under, as you take a step. All these or most of these symptoms would be seen with a meniscal tear. See your orthopod to get it DX & treated. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have a torn meniscus?

How can I tell whether I have a torn meniscus?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. You may wish to try thessaly test, but it is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. ...Read more

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How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

Pain/catching= surg: Not all meniscal tears require surgery, but most do. The presence of pain, swelling and mechanical symptoms (catching or locking of knee) are common signs and symptoms that wil indicate a meniscus tear for surgery. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a minor meniscus tear?

How can I tell if I have a minor meniscus tear?

Pain.: You may have pain at the joint line, or swelling of the knee. You may not be very limited in your activities if you have a small tear. The only way to really know, is to be evaluated bu an orthopedist, and an MRI may need to be ordered. ...Read more

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How can I tell that I have a torn acl?

How can I tell that I have a torn acl?

Knee instability: The classic signs of acl tear are knee joint instability, swelling, pain. This only occurs after a traumatic injury. The swelling is often worse 6 hours after injury and lasts a few days. Immediate field assessment can determine the knee instability. Exam can become limited the next day due to pain and stiffness. X-rays and MRI are usually necessary to confirm the findings. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i need to see a doctor about my injured knee?

How can I tell if i need to see a doctor about my injured knee?

Usually: One needs more specific information. When was it injured and what type of injury was sustained? When in doubt, have an orthopedist evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a sports hernia?

How to know if I have a sports hernia?

Athletic pubalgia: Sports hernia is a term typically used for groin pain in an athlete (athletic pubalgia), often in the absence o a hernia on physical exam. It is a hotly debated topic, and perhaps a consult with a general surgeon interested in hernia disease may help. You can find one at the americas hernia society website. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a possible elbow dislocation?

How can I tell if I have a possible elbow dislocation?

X-ray: Elbow dislocations are almost exclusively due to trauma. So, if you did not have an injury, it's unlikely that your elbow is dislocated. Elbow dislocations are painful, the joint becomes swollen and range of motion is limited. The best way to know if your elbow is dislocated is to get a x-ray. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ligament laxity and i want to know if theres a treatment?

What to do if I have ligament laxity and i want to know if theres a treatment?

See below: All depend weather the ligament laxity is localized to one joint and the result of some injury(in that case reconstruction of the ligament may be needed)or wearher you have generalized laxity in all your joints, if that is the case ther is not specific treatment however you can do strenghening exercises and some times if you practice some sports bracing of that particular joint will prevent furth. ...Read more

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I have an ACL tear, and i wanted to know if a doctor could tell from an mri, how old it is?

I have an ACL tear, and i wanted to know if a doctor could tell from an mri, how old it is?

ACL tear: Maybe. Acl tears are frequently associated with a specific pattern of bone bruising, when they are acute. However, the bone bruise will start to resolve after 4-6 weeks. Without bone injury or other soft tissue inflammation, there is no way of knowing if the tear is 8 weeks old or 8 months old, etc. ...Read more

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How will i know if my hamstring can heal naturally or i need surgery?

MRI and exam tell al: A thorough exam of your lower extremity combined with the added detail of an MRI will both provide details as to the location and extent of your hamstring injury. Avulsions or tears from your pelvic bone that have significant displacement (> 2cm) or involve 2+ of the 3 tendons may warrant surgical repair. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a wrist injury?

How to tell if I have a wrist injury?

Wrist injuries: Any part of the body which develops pain , stiffness, swelling , is indicative of either an injury or structural abnormality. Injuries r the culprit if their has been an obvious one time or repetitive force which starts the process. Note that these symptoms can also arise as a result of other causes such as infection, rheumatoid diseases, or metabolic abnormalities such as gout ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have a hernia injury or a groin strain?

Can you tell me how to know if I have a hernia injury or a groin strain?

Lump: A hernia often has a lump associated with the area of pain. Physical exam is the best way to diagnose a groin hernia, but sometimes a variety of imaging studies are necessary depending on how bad the symptoms are. Best place to start is with a primary care provider. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a torn ligament?

Depends: on what ligament is torn. If it is in the knee, you could need reconstruction to delay arthritic changes ...Read more