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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Injuries (Definition)

Ligament injuries run the full spectrum from being sprained to being completely torn. Sprains are routinely graded as 1, 2 or 3. Grade 1 & 2 sprains represent ligaments that are intact, but not functioning normally either by causing pain with use (grade 1), or pain and mild looseness or laxity (grade 2). Grade 3 sprains are complete ...Read more


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How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Reconstruct if torn: Most anterior cruciate ligament injuries that are complete tears end up being reconstructed by bringing in new tissue to rebuild the torn ligament and to hopefully return full function to the knee and injured patient. ...Read more

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How to treat a torn ankle ligament?

How to treat a torn ankle ligament?

One of two ways: We grade torn ligament to three levels. 1-grade 1. 2-grade 2. 3-grade 3. The first two usually are treated non surgical, by cast or brace for about 4-6 weeks. The third one usually treated surgically. . ...Read more

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How can you prevent anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

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How can you prevent anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Train neuromuscular: There is evidence to show that neuromuscular training including plyometrics, balance, and technique training, as well as heightened awareness of injury biomechanics, reduce the risk of serious injury in female athletes. What specific exericises, sequence, intensity and duration remains unknown. ...Read more

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How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks. Often, it requires a surgery to reconstruct it and the surrounding "posterolateral corner.". ...Read more

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How can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

How can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

You can't :-(: Tears of the PCL will occur if a significant amount of energy is placed across the knee and in the right direction. Like if your knee hits the dashboard in car accident. That will push your shin backwards and potentially tear your pcl. Pcl tears can not be prevented. ...Read more

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How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically treated?

How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically treated?

Depends on laxity: If you have an acute (recent) PCL tear that does not cause much laxity, you will probably be treated with physical therapy that stresses aggressive rehabilitation of the quadriceps muscles, which are in the front of the thigh. Acute PCL tear that causes significant laxity or if you have injured more than one ligament, you may need surgery to repair or reconstruct your pcl. ...Read more

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How do you treat a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament?

How do you treat a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament?

Surgery: Anterior cruciate ligament disruption is best handled with surgery. In some cases where the knee is stable and the individual is skeletally immature a decision may be made to delay the surgery. Another situation where a non- surgical approach may be considered is again where the knee is stable an the individual is not very active or elderly. Seek expert advice from an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Significant: Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee. It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee. ...Read more

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How to treat torn ligaments in your knee?

How to treat torn ligaments in your knee?

It depend what kind: Of injury and were it is located. Grade 1 up to grade 3. Medial or lateral or inside the knee. Every one of them have different method of treatment . ...Read more

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How to treat a tear in posterior tibial tendon?

How to treat a tear in posterior tibial tendon?

Either in a cast or: With surgical repair, depending on how it occurred, general status, condition of the foot/ankle, other medical conditions, etc.. See a podiatrist/foot ; ankle doc to be evaluated/ treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Concerning knee ligament tears, how to treat?

Concerning knee ligament tears, how to treat?

Evaluation first: Evaluation by a Sports medicine or orthopedic specialist first. Based on results of eval the specialist may prescribe physical therapy, bracing or surgical repair. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament sprain?

How long does it take to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament sprain?

Usually 3 months: If the ligament is incompletely torn it usually heals in 2-3 months. Complete tears or grade 3 sprains may require reconstruction. Functional instability is the determining reason for surgery. ...Read more

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How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

Depends: If a complete acl tear is not surgically reconstructed, the injury never heals back together. Sometimes without surgery, patients have enough stability to function fairly well. Surgery is performed when indicated to reconstruct the torn ligament. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover completely from a anterior cruciate ligament injury?

How long does it take to recover completely from a anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Variable time: If you choose non-operative treatment, usually within 6 wks the swelling will gone and the motion will be normal if you work at it. Regaining full strength may take several months. If you continue to play sports after this you may still have a very unstable knee as a complete acl tear does not heal. If surgery is chosen, the typical time for full safe return to sports is around 9 mos to 1 year. ...Read more

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How to treat an Achilles tendon injury?

How to treat an Achilles tendon injury?

Rest: In the acute stage rest, ice.Compression, elevation. Mri to make sure there is no tear. Achilles tendon injuries are difficult to treat. They take time to heal. ...Read more

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How can you treat the ganglion cyst of anterior cruciate ligament?

How can you treat the ganglion cyst of anterior cruciate ligament?

Observe vs excise: Ganglion cysts around or within the cruciate ligaments (acl & pcl) are not uncommon. The diagnosis can be made via an MRI or at the time of arthroscopy. Depending upon the location and size, the ganglion is deemed to be either incidental or symptomatic and responsible for the pain and perhaps loss of motion that may intermittently occur. Only symptomatic ones are excised/aspirated arthroscopically. ...Read more

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How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically diagnosed?

How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically diagnosed?

Examination: Most good sports medicine professionals will be able to tell you whether or not your PCL is torn based on your history and the physical examination they perform. If there is a question, then an MRI can be ordered to confirm the physicians suspicions. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...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