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Play Football Torn
Yes: Cortisone and other steroids suppress the normal inflammation associated with an injury, including pain and swelling, so you can play on an injured knee with less discomfort and stiffness. It also suppresses both your ability to heal an injury/infection and to determine if you have a significant injury/infection, so these types of drugs should be used cautiously and only under a physician's care. ...Read more
It's Possible: After any surgery, it takes time to heal from it. Most people with ACL repair surgeries will take 3-4 months to feel like the knee feels stable and stronger as the graft sets in. Obviously following your doctor's orders are key and when rehab starts follow it to a T. You will do just fine. If you are concerned talk to your doctor. If surgery not planned consider Regenexx Stem Cell Therapies. ...Read more
Yes: At age 47 I'm assuming you are playing recreational football. If you have a well-fitted functional acl brace(don-joy defiance for example)and no other intrarticular injuries(meniscus tear) then u can try to play. Test it first by doing some hard 'cutting' on it at home or your local park. If it feels like it's going to "give way' then u shouldn't play and possibly consider having it reconstucted.! ...Read more
Not Recommended: Football is a contact sport. The risk of sustaining a subluxation (partial dislocation) event is high with cutting and pivoting. When this happens further damage can occur to the knee in terms of meniscal tears, cartilage damage, and tears of other ligaments. A brace won't protect you. ...Read more
No: I would strongly suggest that the tear be repaired and your post-op healing and rehab be complete before returning to the gridiron. ...Read more
My 17 yr old son tore his ACL and wants to play football. Ss it reasonable to play with a torn acl?
Risks worse injury: Playing with a torn ACL in sports that require cutting and rapid changes of direction is not generally recommended. The intact or reconstructed ACL allows a return to such sports, but more importantly, protects against further meniscal or cartilage damage. Your son risks further irreparable damage to his meniscii and joint cartilage if he tries to play with a torn acl. ...Read more
I've got a completely torn ACL. I'm 16 and 5"9. I want to play football. But 3 docs said that I can't play even after surgery. Can you help me doc?
I've torn my ACL but still play football now and then. Recently I twisted my knee while running & cutting & suffered same symptoms as first time?
Common with torn ACL: If your ACL is still torn or re-torn after a surgery, you will get the feeling your knee is giving out during running, cutting and twisting activities such as soccer, football, basketball, etc. It is not uncommon with a chronic ACL tear to develop arthritis or meniscus (cartilage) tears. You should see a medical provider to determine if an MRI is required to assess for a recent injury. ...Read more
Knee brace: A knee brace can limit some excursion of the knee but it won't prevent catastrophic injuries or tears. ...Read more
How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?
Should ask your M.D.: You should definitely discuss any level of return to play with your surgeon. The answer will depend upon whether the meniscus tear was repaired or simply debrided. Debrided or partially removed meniscal tears usually allow for an earlier return to sports than does a repair. ...Read more
Football: Not sure if u r playing british football (soccer) or american football (like rugby), or what symptoms u r having. Please clarify & resubmit. ...Read more
My son is 14 yrs he started to play football every day after practice he complains of headace a dizzyness it comes and goes is this normal?
No: That makes me concerned. Is he suffering from minor concussions? Is he dehydrated? Is his blood sugar running too low? Does his helmet fit correctly? Does he like football? It's time to do some further investigation. These questions need to be asked and answered. Make these corrections if possible. If I can help, then join my care team and virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-Clarkeholmes ...Read more
I'm a 26-year-old man, 176cm and 64kg. I wish to gain weight but I find it not effective by eating more. I play football once a week. What can I do?
If healthy, protein: If you are feeling well, and ideally have been evaluated by a physician recently to be sure you do not have a metabolic condition (such as thyroid disease or diabetes) and are not taking stimulant medications, then adding a protein supplement to your regular diet--without reducing your usual intake--can help. This can be as a snack bar, meal-replacement bar, or powder you add to drinks. ...Read more
Probably: The size and location will determine if it will be a problem. If it is a large one on a small stalk, near a joint, then it may potentially be fractured if it is hit hard enough. That would be quite painful. Check with an orthopedic surgeon to evaluate it by xray and make recommendations based on what your goals are in relation to the tumor. ...Read more
How long has it been going on. What type of treatment are you receiving, how did it occur?
You should be able to resume play when the pain is gone. I would have the ankle taped if it is an ankle, or at least wear a brace. ...Read more