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Doctor insights on: Radial Collateral Ligament

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How painful is it to recover from a thumb radial collateral ligament reconstruction?

How painful is it to recover from a thumb radial collateral ligament reconstruction?

Not too bad: Well, in the spectrum of orthopedic surgery it is pretty well tolerated. It can be Done under general or regional anesthesia, splinting is typically used for approximately 6-8 weeks. I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more


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I've an avulsion fx at the attachment of the radial collateral ligament to the radial aspect of the base of the 1st proximal phalanx. prognosis?

I've an avulsion fx at the attachment of the radial collateral ligament to the radial aspect of the base of the 1st proximal phalanx. prognosis?

Depends on which-: -finger is injured. If the MF, RF, taping 2 the adjacent fingers will do well. Also if the LF. Thumb & index usually need splitting or cast. ...Read more

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Could radial collateral ligament be torn if I have bruising & pain at that part of thumb & below on hand, but can move thumb mostly normally ?

Torn ligament: It's possible but would require significant trauma to tear a ligament. Hopefully it's just a sprain which improves in a week or so provided that you rest the wrist. Cold applications for 48 hours after the injury followed by the use of warm applications help. Also, if you can take them, anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or Aleve help reduce inflammation. For persistent pain,swelling,see MD ...Read more

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A radial collateral ligament reconstruction of the MCP joint in my left thumb. Will my thumb ever open up? Or am I limited to the way my hand was cast

A radial collateral ligament reconstruction of the MCP joint in my left thumb. Will my thumb ever open up? Or am I limited to the way my hand was cast

Unfortunately this-: -requires immobilization , & may or in Ur case did lead 2 some arthrofibrosis. This is due 2 3 things. The original injury, the invasive procedure & the post op immobilization . The cast is 4 immob. & Ur thumb should B mobile when it is removed, not stay in the same position. If U R just out of Ur cast, PT should help U attain motion. ...Read more

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What treatments are there medial collateral ligament?

What treatments are there medial collateral ligament?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the injury. Mild to moderate injury is almost always physical therapy. Severe injury or complete disruption is usually addressed with operative repair. The decision is complex. Based on the age and health of the patient as well as the other parts of the knee that were injured at the time. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to be biking with a partially torn MCL (medial collateral ligament)?

Is it safe for me to be biking with a partially torn MCL (medial collateral ligament)?

Yes if comfortable: Biking does not stress the mcl so you should be fine if you do not have pain. If you do, a brace may be useful. ...Read more

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I tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

I  tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks. Often, it requires a surgery to reconstruct it and the surrounding "posterolateral corner.". ...Read more