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How do I know if I have a sprain or torn ligament?

How do I know if I have a sprain or torn ligament?

Pain Persists: When you sprain a joint, your injury exceeds the tissues which hold the joint together, so the joint opens and closes in painful ways, the attachment of the ligament to the bone is tender, the muscles in the area develop knots and painful tightness to compensate the joint. A soft tissue examination with an experienced physician or physical therapist is recommended. Prolotherapy is curative. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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How do you know if your thumb is sprained or has a torn ligament?

How do you know if your thumb is sprained or has a torn ligament?

See your doc: Unless you are trained it would be difficult for you to determine if there is a problem. Recommend you see your doc so it can be evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprain and torn ligament?

Partial vs full tear: A sprain is a partial tear of a ligament, sometimes only microscopically. A tearusually refers to a complete disruption of the fibers that make up the ligament. ...Read more

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I sprained my wrist 9 weeks ago and I am still in the same amount of pain. I can use it a lite with tons of pain. Could I have a torn ligament?

I sprained my wrist 9 weeks ago and I am still in the same amount of pain.  I can use it a lite with tons of pain.  Could I have a torn ligament?

Yes: 'sprained wrists' can be tricky. If you are still having significant pain 9 wks.After your injury then see an orthopedist, preferably one w/ hand sub specialty training.Some 'wrist sprains' turn out to be scaphoid fractures, scapholunate ligament injuries , tfcc tears and other serious injuries. Best of luck! ...Read more

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If there is a torn ligament from a sprain ankle. How do the fix it?

If there is a torn ligament from a sprain ankle. How do the fix it?

Most heal on own: The large majority of ankle sprains involve partially torn ligaments. Most of these ligaments "heal" but can heal in a "stretched-out" fashion. Rehabilitation is very important after a sprain to restore range of motion, strength to the ankle-area muscles, calf flexibility and balance. A brace can help while recovering. If I can help, then join my care team at healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

This may depend on : the finger involved and as to exactly what specific type of injury that was sustained. The most common type of splinting for simple injuries is buddy taping where one finger is taped to the adjacent one for stability but still allow for range of motion to avoid stiffness. See you doctor for an opinion. ...Read more

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Torn ligament plus sprained ankle, how long will it take to recover?

Torn ligament plus sprained ankle, how long will it take to recover?

Depends on severety: It is very dependent on your rehabilitation/ physical therapy, diet, age, physical shape, etc. On average, it may take 2-3 month for most of recovery to complete. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Terminology: Great question. Sprains come in various degrees, some, by definition, include a torn ligament. Most sprains are inversion or lateral ankle sprains and the three ligaments here become injured in a particular sequence as the severity of the force on the ankles continues. A simple sprain, or 1st degree sprain, for instance, does not result in a torn ligament. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a torn ligament and a bad ankle sprain?

How can I distinguish between a torn ligament and a bad ankle sprain?

Can be the same...: HI! An ankle sprain can be a varying degree of tendon or ligament damage. Usually, if a ligament is badly injured / damaged there will / can be excessive ' loosenes' of the affected joint or exceesive motion between the two bones the ligament joins. This should be easily determined in most cases by a competent exam including various stress and range of motion testing ie: ankle anterior draw test. ...Read more

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I have injured my ankle before (sprain/torn ligament) and a couple months ago. An X-ray was done and no break seen. Now i'm having sharp pains again.?

I have injured my ankle before (sprain/torn ligament) and a couple months ago. An X-ray was done and no break seen. Now i'm having sharp pains again.?

Could be soft tissue: Soft tissue injuries can heal and sometimes create scarring/adhesions which can compress surrounding tissue, including the nerves. This may be the case. Be sure to be checked properly. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago. Pain is right behind ankle bone. Dr thinks it's a torn ligament but didn't ask for mri. Is that normal /should i get one?

Probably: Best imaging test to diagnose injured tendons and ligaments is mri. Your doctor may think that knowing for sure what the injury is will not change his treatment and therefore does not want to do the study. Need to ask him or her why not. ...Read more

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Tripped down stairs and foot rolled in about 2 months ago.Saw a doc said sprain-torn ligament, no x-rays. In pain when i wear heels, is this normal?

Tripped down stairs and foot rolled in about 2 months ago.Saw a doc said sprain-torn ligament, no x-rays. In pain when i wear heels, is this normal?

Have it evaluated: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what docs do for a ligament tear or sprain?

Depending on the se-: Verity and the site of the ligament injury. Most are treatable by non operative means in majority of patients, while some require surgery, like acl reconstruction. All treatments are individualized to the patient, keeping in mind his specific needs etc. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after a knee ligament tear or sprain?

What is the recovery time after a knee ligament tear or sprain?

It depends: Based on the info provided, it is hard to give details. The time to heal depends on which ligament or ligaments or injured and to what degree. ...Read more

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I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?

I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?

6 weeks +/-: A grade ll is serious enough that a good 6 wks is about right. Doing 2 much 2 soon can jeopardize ur best chance of a good outcome. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

BRACING/REHAB: Bracing and a formal rehab program should be tried first. If unsuccessful, then consider surgery. ...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


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more