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Ligament Vs Tendon Healing
What kind of conditions/deficiencies result in poor healing in tendons/ligaments , or suspectability to injury ?
Here's a few: Poor nutrition or use of steroids will lead to poor healing. Overexercise or stress to limbs and joints without proper preparation, such as strength training and appropriate warm up, can also lead to injury. Also, some chronic disease processes, such as diabetes, can make one susceptible to injury. Good luck. ...Read more
Question regarding prolotherapy and prolozone treatment for ligament / tendon / cartilage injuries ? What are some doctor opinions on these treatments
Prolozone: Prolozone is injection of ozone and nutrients into the joint space. I have found it very effective in my practice as a natural option to avoid drugs and surgery. If injections are not successful surgery is still an option. I always try to avoid surgical intervention if possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lots of joint, tendon n ligament problems after menopause. Doc said it's related to menopause. Any test to prove that n any treatment options? HRT?
No : They are different anatomical structures. Tendons are the part of the muscle that attach to the bones, the muscle portion is their "belly". Ligaments are soft tissue structures that can prevent tendons from bowstringing or help stabilize certain bones. ...Read more
Strengthen muscles: You can't alter the tension in the ligaments around a joint without surgery. You can however optimize the function of the surrounding muscles or dynamic stabilizers of the joint. This, for example, is the initial approach in someone who has an inherently loose shoulder (loose ligaments without tearing) and is often successfull. ...Read more
Yes!: They are tissues that in children and adults are composed of collagen and some elastin. Children have more type 3 collagen, and in adults it is more type 1. As collagen ages, more cross-links form, limiting flexibility and stretch as we age. The three connective tissues you identify, have different collagen and elastin arrays, and are very avascular, compared to muscle, slowing healing time. ...Read more
Yes: Ligaments connect bones to other bones. Tendons connect muscles to bones. And fascia surrounds muscle groups. ...Read more
Tendon strength: Hello: The quick answer is tendons and ligaments cannot be strengthened like muscles. The amount of collagen fibers in each tendon remains consistent regardless of the amount of muscle increase that occurs from exercise. Ligaments are the same story in that amount of fibers tissue remains consistent regardless of the amount of exercise placed on a joint. Best Regards. Dr. Reed ...Read more
Why we use tendon to replace torn ligament? If tendon is torn, can we use ligament to replace it?
Do tendons and ligaments that have been inappropriately stretched (as through injury) return spontaneously to their normal size or is pt needed?
Depends: The question is a bit too ' general' to give a specific answer.Some ligaments that" stretch" beyond their capability will not return to their normal size and this can result in laxity. Some tendons that stretch for a short period of time will return to their prior state.Some tendons that are contracted secondary to the aging process or disease need stretching ! hope that helps... ...Read more
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
Yes: The tendons move your fingers and wrists. If it is damaged, you may lose the ability to bend or straighten the affected part. Ligaments support your joints, holding bones together. If that is damaged, you may have swelling to the region and instability to the joint. This means that it may hurt when you move the joint, or that it will move improperly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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