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Ligament (Overview)

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 with no ligament attachments?


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What is a ligament?

What is a ligament?

Ligament: A ligament is a band of fibrous tissue that connects bone to bone. It is different from tendon, which connect muscle to bone. Ligaments cannot contract but are usually present to stabilize joints. I hope this helps! ...Read more

Ligament (Overview)

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 with no ligament attachments?


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How do I treat inflamed ligaments?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation. Depending on the joint, wold determine what type of splint to utilize, and what freedom of motion allowable to permit healing. Another helpful measure, if allowable given the medical condition, would be a trial of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or Etodolac whether over the counter or prescribed. Patience is important. ...Read more

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How do you recover from ligament tears?

How do you recover from ligament tears?

What ligament injury: Not all ligament injuries are the same. Some ligament injuries require simple rest and supportive care. Others require bracing. Some ligament tears require surgery. Almost all ligament injuries benefit fom some level of therapy after adequate stability & healing is present. When ou are examined by our physician be sure to discuss the prognosis and treatment plan for your specific ligament injury. ...Read more

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Is there a medication that relaxes ligaments?

Ligamentous: Tightness is necessary. There is no specific medication that can 'relax' ligaments which frankly need to be tight to support the joints. I presume you are referring to tendon tightness which is a function of inactivity, limited activity or prolonged immobilization. Activity geared toward stretching and improving flexibility are the only effective methods to combat tendon tightness. No shortcut. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ligament?

What is the definition or description of: ligament?

A ligament is: 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 with no ligament attachments? ...Read more

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Help with ligament re-injury from wearing platforms?

Help with ligament re-injury from wearing platforms?

Ligament: Platform shoes are the worst type of shoe. They altern normal anatomical dynamics causing a host of issues from stretching of ligaments, to abnormal stress on knees and hips ann back. You must rest the area, take some anti-inflammatory agents and perhaps have pt. Secondly throw the platforms out wear shoes that are anatomical -flats or minimal heel. ...Read more

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Thinning anterior ligament... How can a I restore it?

Can't: By exercising your are not directly restoring the thinned acl but improving the conditioning and strength of the lower extremity. This will reduce the likelihood of knee injuries and subsequent acl injury. When exercising focus on core/hip/knee/leg/ankle. If acl is torn its preferred that you fix it. If unsure from MRI then a scope could be considered. Discuss with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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What does attenuated anterior crucial ligament mean?

What does attenuated anterior crucial ligament mean?

Prior ACL injury: If the anterior cruciate ligament (acl) looks smaller, thinner or less robust than it should on an mri, it may be described as attenuated. Alternatively, this term may be used if the ligament seems a bit weak on physical examination. Either way, the suggestion is that there has been a prior injury or partial tear. ...Read more

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How much time it takes to recover from knnee ligament injurry?

Knee ligament injury: The knee has many ligaments & healing time varies depending on which ligament & how many are injured, as well as on injury grade. With appropriate rehabilitative treatment, high grade lilamentous injuries can take 6-8 weeks or more to heal. If instability or acl tear, nonoperative management may not lead to complete healing, in which case operative management should be considered sooner than later. ...Read more

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Is it possible to hurt a ligament and not know until the next day?

Possible: In my opinion with acute injuries like sprains and strains, protective chemicals are released in an effort to contain the damage but these inflammatory agents do cause pain themselves and there may be a delayed pain effect hours after the actual injury occurred. ...Read more

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What shall I do if I have a ligament complex? And is it ok if I keep on excesising?

Not sure: Not sure what a ligament 'complex' is. Could you mean a 'tear'? If so it might be best to seea physical therapist before working out. ...Read more

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I partially tore my ligament three months ago and it has not fully recovered since then. What am I supposed to do? Will this be chronic?

I partially tore my ligament three months ago and it has not fully recovered since then. What am I supposed to do? Will this be chronic?

Possibly...: Depends a lot on which ligament you injured and the shape of the muscles around that joint. Ligaments don't typically repair themselves. So after such an injury, the goal of physical therapy is to develop the muscles around the joint in question, taking over some of the support function of the ligament. If that doesn't work, sometimes surgery is indicated. So, if you're not doing so, see a pt next. ...Read more

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What are lax ligaments?

What are lax ligaments?

Synonymous w/ loose: Lax is short for laxity. Lax ligaments are describing ligaments that are loose and have increased laxity. There is a spectrum of laxity that is normal within all joints. Some people are looser or tighter than others. If one has no symptoms or limitations, no treatment or remedy is warranted. If pain or instability is present, the increased laxity is said to be abnormal (pathologic or patholaxity). ...Read more

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How can ligaments or tendons be teared?

Tendon/ligament tear: Ligaments stabilize and typically run along the sides if joints. Tendons attach muscle to bone. Ligaments are torn when a joint is dislocated or strained. Tendons are torn when the muscle pulling on the bone pulls with more force than the tensile strength of the tendon will allow. ...Read more

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What are signs of torn ligaments/tendons in the ankle?

What are signs of torn ligaments/tendons in the ankle?

Depends on ligament: Ankle ligament rupture if chronic typically has instability and "giving way" as it's main symptom, this is the same for subtler instability. Midfoot ligament rupture is usually represented by pain an the medial side with a flat foot deformity. This represents either rupture of the ligament keeping the arch up or the junction of the hind foot and midfoot. It could also be represented by pain! ...Read more

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What is ligament tear?

Ligamentous injury: Generally traumatic injury to the ligaments. Strong connective tissue which attach one bone to another bone. If there is a "tear" this is a grade 3 or complete disruption of this tissue. ...Read more

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Can a torn ligament heal?

Can a torn ligament heal?

Yes: Soft tissues like ligaments can heal on their own, usually in 3-6 weeks, however they may need to be immobilized or protected while healing and rehabilitated after healing. ...Read more

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What makes a torn ligament better?

What makes a torn ligament better?

Depends: Some ligaments will heal on their own but others will need a surgical correction. Discuss your injury with an orthopedic surgeon to determine this. ...Read more

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How should I treat a torn ligament?

How should I treat a torn ligament?

Ligament dependent: Not all ligaments or degrees of ligament injury are treated the same. Some ligament injuries require simple supportive care (rest, ice, compression, elevation- rice). Others may benefit from a course of bracing. Still others may mandate surgical repair or reconstruction. Pending initial evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider, rice combined with immobilization is a safe plan of action. ...Read more

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How to make a torn ligament better?

How to make a torn ligament better?

Rest, brace: Most torn ligaments that do not require surgery are treated with resting the ligaments and nearby joint combined with a period of immobilization- a cast or brace. Rehab exercises once the ligaments have stabilized can also promote recovery. Occasionally, regenerative injections such as prolotherapy or platelet-rich plasma injections can be used to stimulate healing. ...Read more

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How can I help my shoulder ligaments?

How can I help my shoulder ligaments?

Strength training: Under supervision by a trained professional using light to medium weights. ...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

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What is the tear of a ligament called?!

'rupture or tear': Commonly still called a 'tear' or 'rupture' etc....No special medical terms. ...Read more

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How do I know ulnar ligament is healed?

How do I know ulnar ligament is healed?

Is there: 1. pain
2. swelling
If not. Chances are it is healed HOWEVER if there was a tear (even "partial") DO NOT ACT like it is "healed" until your Health Care Professional says it is!!!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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What is ligament reconstruction surgery?

What is ligament reconstruction surgery?

See a Hand Surgeon: A ligament tear can be partial or complete. A full ligament tear can occur within the substance of the ligament a ligament can get avulsed from its attachment to bone or avulse a fragment of bone with it when the injury occurs. The full ligament/avulsion fracture injury requires a different surgical procedure. See a hand surgeon so that s/he can assess and discuss what is appropriate for you. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of a torn ligament?

Weakness, pain: Weakness, pain, swelling, bruising, instability, deformity....... Depending upon the degree and site. ...Read more

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Do ligaments tighten if they become loose?

Do ligaments tighten if they become loose?

Since most tendons: Are connected to muscles...build up those muscles...the tendons will "tighten"

Hope this is what your question meant!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How to tell if my mpfl ligament is healing?

Exam: Your orthopedist can test the degree of pain and mobility of the knee cap to assess the healing. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat a torn ligament?

Several ways: Immobilizing the ankle in a cast, splint or boot will allow the torn ligament to scar down over time. Ligaments normally take longer than bone to heal, around 3 months. Surgery is another option where the doctor will try to recreate the stability of the torn ligament (s). ...Read more

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Are torn ligaments able to heal on their own?

Are torn ligaments able to heal on their own?

Some do: Some ligaments such as the medial collateral ligament (mcl) of the knee and ankle ligaments can heal on their own. Other ligaments such as the anterior cruciate ligament (acl) of the knee does not have the capacity to heal. Surgical reconstruction is needed in carefully indicated patients. ...Read more

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How to know if I have torn ligament or worse?

How to know if I have torn ligament or worse?

Joint laxity by exam: Ligaments are actually static or passive restraints that connect bones at a joint. They also serve to help control and constrain or limit the range of joint motion. If a joint becomes loose or unstable and there is a sudden or subsequent increase in a range of motion, a ligament is presumed to be injured (sprained) or torn. A thorough examination of the joint will predictably make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do about a torn cruciate ligament?

What can I do about a torn cruciate ligament?

Depends: It really depends how active you are. If you're very athletic, you may want to see an orthopedic surgeon and have the ligament repaired. If you are not terribly athletic, physical therapy may be enough to help. ...Read more

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What are the risks of ligament reconstruction?

Depenses on which 1: Any ligament repair/recon can fail. B more specific as 2 where, & which ligament. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your si ligaments are lax?

Please see below: Pain often felt over the sacroiliac joint, especially when taken one position for a long duration. Sometime, it may be associated with a feeling of the leg giving way. ...Read more

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What happen when ligament of lower spine tore?

Torn ligament?: Without a fairly significant injury, a truly torn ligament (a sprain) is fairly uncommon. It is also difficult to diagnose without an mri. Presuming you have a torn ligament, treatment is based on if there is a risk of instability. If a minor sprain, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and time usually heals. More severe injuries occasionally require surgery--falls, auto accidents, etc. ...Read more

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How long does a torn facet ligament take to heal?

How long does a torn facet ligament take to heal?

Hard to Say: You could consider prolotherapy as an option to help. Prolotherapy is well researched and offered treatment that has shown good success. The basic theory is to strengthen the ligaments around the facet joint and therefore reducing stress on the joint by tightening them up. Alternatively, platelet or stem cell therapy can be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What can you do about triquetral ligament damage?

What can you do about triquetral ligament damage?

Depends: If this was a finding on an MRI and you don't have pain in the area, then nothing needs to be done. There are excellent hand specialists in the uk. Check out the bssh website. ...Read more