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How Many Months Of Rehab Will I Need For A Pcl Tear
How long will it take for me to be able to return to my job as a housekeeper after knee surgery for a bucket handle tear of my medial meniscus?
Depends: If your surgeon can repair (stitch together) the tear, then you will need crutches and may also require a brace with restricted motion for up to 6 weeks, followed by rehab to regain strength and motion. If the tear is not repairable and your surgeon simply trims it out, then you can return much quicker. Probably within 2-4 weeks based on your comfort. Your young age helps speed your recovery. ...Read more
I had a partial tear to rotator cuff. Opted for physical therapy rather than surgery. After several weeks of therapy still some stiffness. Will the stiffness ever go away?
Yes: Partial rotator cuff tears are often treatable with therapy, but may take 6-12 weeks to improve. Oral and/or injectable steroids are helpful and may speed recovery. If non-operative treatment fails, arthroscopic surgery works quite well. The inflamed bursa and partial rotator cuff tear will be debrided. Bone spurs are also removed. The typical recovery is 3-4 months. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
What is the treatment and prognosis for a knee plica in a 10 YO? Likelihood for full recovery and ability to run again without surgery? In PT now.
Varies: It varies a lot. Some patients may have a plica and do fine, not even knowing they have it. Others have persistent pain, swelling, and popping in the knee and ultimately have surgery. Meds, PT, ice, and possibly injection therapy are the typical nonoperative treatments to varying degrees of success. ...Read more
How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?
Very effective: There are two basic types of cartilage in your knee--the meniscus (between the bones) and the articular (covering the bones). "torn cartilage" usually refers to a torn meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery is very reliable for resolving symptoms like catching, locking and giving way. Recovery is typically short with no long term restrictions. Complications are infrequent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much physical therapy is required after hip arthroscopy? I am scheduled to have hip arthroscopy. For how many weeks will i need physical therapy after the procedure, and how often?
Variable @ 6-12 wks: The extent and length of physical therapy after hip arthroscopy depends upon the exact nature of the procedure performed. Routinely patients attend procedure specific therapy twice weekly for 6-12 weeks postoperatively. Discuss your specific situation with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How often do patella dislocations need to occur to recommend surgery? I've done pt twice, which helps for awhile. This is now the 4th major dislocatio
No specific number: A decision to perform surgery is not based on a particular number of dislocations, but is a lifestyle decision. In general all non-operative measures should have been exhausted such as physical therapy, possible brace wear, eliminating activities that increase likelihood of dislocation if feasible. Disruption of the medial patellofemoral ligament identified via MRI would be repaired. ...Read more
Can take weeks: Maintaining full knee extension is far more important after acl surgery. Flexion usually advances toward normal over the first 1-3 wks. Full flexion, however, may take more than a month as any residual significant swelling will make absolute full flexion difficult to regain until the swelling completely resolves. Concomitant meniscal repair may purposefully limit flexion to 90 degrees for 6 weeks. ...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 kind of treatment can I expect for a herniated disc at t7, and will I still be able to play football?
Time: 90% of thoracic disc herniations require no treatment. Tincture of time will be the number one treatment. I noticed that you are listed as 46 years of age, so what type of football are you playing? If just flag or touch football, then you can return once your symptoms have improved, but do so gradually. Make sure you tolerate running, changing directions, catching passes, etc. Before competition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
After a knee reconstruction on my ACL & meniscus. How long will it take for me to be able to play sports?
8-9 months: Return to cutting sports after acl reconstruction is currently a controversial topic. It takes 7-8 months after reconstruction for a autograft (your own tendon) to reincorporate, and it takes 8-9 months after an allograft (donor tendon) to reincorporate. Retear rates after early return to sports is higher, so a conservative 8-9 months is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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