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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
21 years in practice
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How can I repair a completely torn knee ligament injury without surgery?

Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
21 years in practice
294K people helped
How can I  repair a completely torn knee ligament injury without surgery?

Depends on Ligament: The knee has 4 main ligaments. The mcl, and lcl usually heal on their own. The acl and PCL do not. They usually need surgery. Pcl tears that isolated do not usually need surgery depending on symptoms. Acl tears usually need surgery, unless the patient is a sedentary, older individual, or if the patient is a coper. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Amir Khan
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
979K people helped
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How long does a ligament in your knee take to heal?

Dr. Amir Khan
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
22 years in practice
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How long does a ligament in your knee take to heal?

Depends: Ligaments that have blood supply have the capacity to heal such as medial collateral ligament (mcl) and posterior cruciate ligament (pcl). Time to heal is dependent on the severity of the injury and can range from a few weeks to several weeks. Lateral collateral ligament (lcl) is a poor healer whereas the ACL will likely not heal and require surgery. Discuss your injury with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
14M people helped
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What can I do to strengthening my knee ligaments?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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What can I do to strengthening my knee ligaments?

Strengthen muscles.: You can exercise the muscles around your joint to improve stability and strength. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Schneider
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
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How to know if i torn any of my knee ligaments ?

Dr. Marc Schneider
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
39K people helped
How to know if i torn any of my knee ligaments  ?

Knee ligament tear: Immediate swelling, a sensation of instability/giving way, or feeling a sudden "pop" in the knee are all potential signs of a torn knee ligament. There are varying degrees of ligament tears (a tear is a "sprain") - from a "stretch" injury, to a partial tear to a complete tear. If you are having any of these symptoms you should seek out treatment from a board certified specialist. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
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What should I do if i want to strengthen my knee ligaments?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
17 years in practice
14M people helped
What should I do if i want to strengthen my knee ligaments?

Stengthen muscles: You can exercise the muscles around your joint to improve stability and strength. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
16 years in practice
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If a player suffers from sudden locking of a knee while colliding with another player which ligament would be involved in that knee to cause locking?

Dr. Stephen Daquino
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
16 years in practice
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Maybe not ligament: This might be more if a meniscal issue. A meniscus can flop over on itself if torn and cause a knee to lock up. Ligaments can cause pain and instability, but usually not locking. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
14 years in practice
530K people helped
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What can you do to tell that you have a torn knee ligament?

Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
14 years in practice
530K people helped

Exam/imaging: Start by seeing an orthopedic surgeon/sports medicine doc. They will discuss your injury and perform an exam. If not apparent on exam, an MRI is sometimes needed to confirm a ligament injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What happens when your knee ligaments are severed?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What happens when your knee ligaments are severed?

It is likely: that you will lose function of the knee - type of loss of function and degree of impairment depends on what is severed. ...Read more

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Dr. Pietro Seni
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
42 years in practice
692K people helped
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Can icy hot work for knee ligaments?

Dr. Pietro Seni
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
42 years in practice
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Dr. Christopher Piller
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
58K people helped
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How can you treat a knee ligament pull?

Dr. Christopher Piller
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
22 years in practice
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How can you treat a knee ligament pull?

Rest and rehab: See an orthopedic surgeon if your primary care md is uncomfortable with diagnosing and managing the injury. Usually a sprained knee ligament is managed for 2-6 weeks with bracing, physical therapy modalities, ice and anti-inflammatories, followed by gradual return to activity. More extensive tears result in chronic pain and instability and might require surgery. ...Read more

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