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How can you recover from a torn ligament in the knee without surgery?

How can you recover from a torn ligament in the knee without surgery?

Ligament dependent: Many ligaments are part of your knee. Ligaments that have a reasonable chane to heal with appropriate non operative management, include: PCL (mandates bracing); mcl, some mpfl (medial patlellofemoral ligament). The ACL and lcl usually required an augmented repair or an anatomical reconstruction? ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Jay
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Ligament Tear (Definition)

Ligaments are defined as collagenn tissue structures that connect bones in and around joints. A classic example is the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee that provides stability o the bones of the knee joint and specifically connects the femur to the tibia. A torn ligament is simply any disruption ...Read more


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What can you do to recover from a torn ligament in the knee, without surgery?

What can you do to recover from a torn ligament in the knee, without surgery?

Depends on ligament: Some ligament injuries will heal with non operative treatment. This depends on which ligament and how severe an injury occurred. The medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments may heal with protectice bracing for 4-6 weeks if they involve a partial tear and no other damage. Complete tearing of a ligament will often be associated with other knee damage. Mri can often tell. ...Read more

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Medial joint side of the knee is getting diminished. ..Is it torn ligament problem?Is surgery required?

Medial joint side of the knee is getting diminished. ..Is it torn ligament problem?Is surgery required?

Don't know what you: Mean by "diminished" or if you even have any discomfort. Have you previously injured it? Does it feel unstable, lock up or cause the knee to swell? Lots of questions need answering before answering yours. Why don't you have your doctor take a look? ...Read more

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The doctor says I have a torn ligament and he wants to do surgery on my left knee to improve it does it get better after surgery?

The doctor says I have a torn ligament and he wants to do surgery on my left knee to improve it does it get better after surgery?

It should improve: Certain ligaments need to be repaired, your dr makes the call based on the exam and history. The knee uses the acl as its primary stabilizer with remaining muscles, ligaments and menisci helping. If the acl is not repaired in active people it leads to early onset arthritis. Be prepared to rehab your knee for several months. ...Read more

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I have ACL torn ligament and i want to go to orthoscopic knee surgery .My question is which graft is best for me . And I am not a sportperson.

ACL: Since you are not a "sportsperson" the 1st question is do you even need surgery. Acl reconstructions are typically reserved for those involved in activities requiring pivoting or jumping as well as those who have instability outside those activities. As for the graft choices there are pluses and minuses with most data showing a preference for auto grafts (your tissue) in young patients (<40). ...Read more

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I had knee surgery Nov. 19th, I had a torn ligament so the surgeon had 2 put a cadaver piece in my knee, also had a tear in my meniscus, knee is poppn?

I had knee surgery Nov. 19th, I had a torn ligament so the surgeon had 2 put a cadaver piece in my knee, also had a tear in my meniscus, knee is poppn?

Postop questions: If I understand correctly, your knee is now popping? What about pain? Swelling? It sounds like you need follow up with your surgeon. It is critical you make postoperative follow up with your surgeon to properly follow your progress, rehab and any complications that may arise. ...Read more

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Is swimming a good idea if you have a torn ligament in the knee?

Is swimming a good idea if you  have a torn ligament in  the knee?

Yes: Doing low impact exercise like swimming or biking is important. Go easy the first time in the pool. Especially getting in and out of the pool. Also only do flutter kick. No breaststroke kick the first time. Breaststroke kick puts some torque through the knee. ...Read more

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What should I expect in physical therapy for a torn ligament in the knee?

What should I expect in physical therapy for a torn ligament in the knee?

Depends: Probably none initially or pre-operatively. If not operative or if post operative, then one will have range of motion exercises, strengthening exerc ises and balance and proprioceptive exercises. ...Read more

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What is done for a torn ligament and locked knee from football?

What is done for a torn ligament and locked knee from football?

Surgery: The locked knee is generally a meniscus tear that can be trimmed arthroscopically and a torn ligament may need to be reconstructed if it is the acl or sometimes if it is the pcl. If it is an mcl or lcl these are commonly treated without surgery. ...Read more

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My knee gives me sharp pain every time i bend my knees, would it be a torn ligament? Thanks

Unlikely: A torn ligament is a serious injury which typically occurs only with significant trauma such as a ski accident or sports injury. A torn ligament will typically result in instability of the knee. So, if you have not had any significant trauma then it is unlikely to be a torn ligament. See a physician if your symptoms persist. ...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