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My tendon on pinky finger was severed. Will I be able to play volleyball again?

My tendon on pinky finger was severed. Will I be able to play volleyball again?

Maybe: Which tendon, palm side or nail side of the finger. Was it repaired? Can you move the last joint of the finger? Can you move either joint of the finger? ...Read more

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Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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I got 7 stitches on my index finger on my knuckle. How long do I wait to be able to play sports like basketball again which involve my index finger?

I got 7 stitches on my index finger on my knuckle. How long do I wait to be able to play sports like basketball again which involve my index finger?

Good question : This is a very good concern that you have, considering the importance of the index finger. This type of injury that involves a very active flexing/extending digit requires a longer rehabilitation, especially resuming athletics requiring use of your hands. Please ask the surgeon who repaired it your question, as it is best for recommendations to come from him/her based on type of injury. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long after dislocating my pinky will i be able to play basketball again?

How long after dislocating my pinky will i be able to play basketball again?

See your doctor: You describe symptoms that can only be honestly assessed by your doctor in his or her office. Only after a thorough evauation will he/she be able to come up with what's wrong and what to do to get you better. ...Read more

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I damaged my ulnar nerve. Will I be able to play the violin again?

I damaged my ulnar nerve. Will I be able to play the violin again?

Complex question: The answer is in the details of the severity of injury and treatment, site of injury, health and age of the patient. Talk to your doctor! ...Read more

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If I bruised a nerve in my leg on friday will I be able to play in my soccer game monday?

If I bruised a nerve in my leg on friday will I be able to play in my soccer game monday?

Unanswerable: What symptoms? What nerve? How bad? How can you expect an answer with so many unknowns? If you're worried, get examined by a trainer, physical therapist or physician. ...Read more

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When will i be able to walk again if i partially tore my Achilles tendon?

When will i be able to walk again if i partially tore my Achilles tendon?

When you're ready.: Unfortunately there's no easy answer. Soft tissue typically takes 4-6 weeks to heal, but the achilles is the strongest tendon in your body, and the bulkiest. You want to give it ample time to heal before you ask full weight bearing of it. Don't rush your rehab--you could reinjure it and end up back at square one. ...Read more

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Had orif on my fibula the fracture was close to my ankle I have 6 screws when will I be able to run and play sports?

Had orif on my fibula the fracture was close to my ankle I have 6 screws when will I be able to run and play sports?

Ankle fractures: The goal of the surgical treatment of your ankle fracture is to reconstruct the ankle joint back to normal. As long a the bone heals in the appropriate position, you should be able to return to all activities without restrictions. It typically takes 8-12 weeks for the bone to heal fully and a total of 4-6 months to get your ankle motion/strength and overall conditioning back. ...Read more

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If I hurt my rotators cuff will I ever be able to play volleyball or tennis again?

If I hurt my rotators cuff will I ever be able to play volleyball or tennis again?

If treat & heals, Y: That is the objective of Orthopedic surgery and Physical Therapy--return to full function. Most injuries can be rehabbed back to work/play. See an Orthopedist for exam and course of action. ...Read more

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I fell from my bike and hurt my right hand. Will I be able to play the guitar again?

I fell from my bike and hurt my right hand. Will I be able to play the guitar again?

Fretting after fract: Sorry the pun but there is an old surgical joke: "could you play the guitar before?" in all likelihood with a properly managed injury satisfactory healing and with follow up care, you should be able to play with minimal impairment. ...Read more

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Will it be ok for me to play rugby league after i broke my ulna and radius on 2010.

Will it be ok for me to play rugby league after i broke my ulna and radius  on 2010.

Yes: I assume you had a plating of your radius and ulna if they were broken mid forearm.3 yrs post-op your fractures should be well- healed and there is no contraindication to returning to contact sports. Check w/ your ors as he knows your condition . Removing the plates and then returning to contact sports has a higher incidence of re- fracture. Good luck! ...Read more

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I injured my wrist july/2013 still hurts when i move it and friends say it might be a torn ligament landed on it with hand upward what would it need?

I injured my wrist july/2013 still hurts when i move it and friends say it might be a torn ligament landed on it with hand upward what would it need?

Need examination: First your wrist pain needs a firm diagnosis.'sprains' after a fall can sometimes be fractures( scaphoid commonly missed). See an ors for examination, x-rays and other studies if needed( MRI ). Good luck! ...Read more

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Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted. However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted.  However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

If : If you are concerned about circulation you should return to the er right away. If you cannot, you can try to gently loosen the splint, however if your fracture was reduced ( put back in place) the splint may be there to hold the fracture in that new position and you should nt just take it off. Typically one splints the distal and proximal interphalangeal joints (near the nail and the joint above it) in extension or straight and the metacarpal phalangeal joints ( what we commonly refer to as our knuckles) in flexion. However swelling after a fracture can make a bandage get tighter and even if the bandage is not tight a flexed joint can compromise circulation if the finger swells too. Best to go back to the er or follow up with a hand surgeon in your area quickly. But if your circulation is compromised do not wait. ...Read more

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Will i be able to figure skate and play soccer on a sprained ankle i can walk as long as i don't bend my ankle i skate monday and play soccer on tues?

Will i be able to figure skate and play soccer on a sprained ankle i can walk as long as i don't bend my ankle i skate monday and play soccer on tues?

Depends: Difficult to say with the info given. If the sprain is just a day or two old with little swelling or bruising and it already feels better then a good taping and you're ready to go. On the other hand, if its a more severe sprain that has not been examined and its been more than a few days, then i would have your doctor see it first before you possibly make things worse by dong too much too soon. ...Read more

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A small piece of bone chipped off the base of my 2nd toe . My doctor buddy taped it . Will i be able to play football now . When will it heal ?

A small piece of bone chipped off the base of my 2nd toe . My doctor buddy taped it . Will i be able to play football now . When will it heal ?

Time will tell: When you heal, you will see if there are any effects. If there are, they will be able to be corrected, and if no issue then up ur okay to go about your business. ...Read more

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I broke a ligament on top of my left foot two screws and a pin were placed. 12 weeks left before i will be able to walk. Will i be able to fully walk?

I broke a ligament on top of my left foot two screws and a pin were placed. 12 weeks left before i will be able to walk. Will i be able to fully walk?

Walk: The best source of information is your surgeon. The doctor that did the surgery knows when he/she wants you to walk. Fully walking will depend on the extent of the surgery as well the injury. Good luck. ...Read more

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I fractured my wrist 6 weeks ago (fracture right distal radius). I had a below-the-elbow cast which came off yesterday. I am wearing a splint Would you advice to play soccer on Saturday? What can I wear to protect my wrist further?

I fractured my wrist 6 weeks ago (fracture right distal radius).

I had a below-the-elbow cast which came off yesterday. I am wearing a splint

Would you advice to play soccer on Saturday? What can I wear to protect my wrist further?

Ask your orthopedist: In a young healthy person, at 6 weeks, a fracture is usually healed. However, I do not know the details or severity of your injury. It is easily possible to fall playing soccer and reinjure it, which would be horrible. You need to follow the advice of the person who knows the details of your injury - your orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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I tore my mcl, ACL and meniscus in jan and now im starting therapy to bend my knee will i be able to fully bend it again before surgery?

I tore my mcl, ACL and meniscus in jan and now im starting therapy to bend my knee will i be able to fully bend it again before surgery?

Maybe: Depends primarily on the size, type and location of the meniscal tear. The torn cartilage may block your motion or simply cause too much pain when trying to bend the knee. ...Read more