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Doctor insights on: Radial Collateral Ligament Sprain

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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

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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What are the types of exercises done for medial collateral ligament sprain? Can it heal with physical therapy alone?

What are the types of exercises done for medial collateral ligament sprain? Can it heal with physical therapy alone?

Mainly quad work: The medial collateral ligament is not directly treated by exercise. Such sprains need time, rest, ice/heat, and pain free exercise. Abnormal body mechanics need to be addressed. However, any knee injury benefits from directed physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee, especially the quadriceps. Many mcl (and even acl) injuries can be safely and confidently managed with pt. ...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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Collateral ligament sprain. What is treatment?

Collateral ligament sprain. What is treatment?

Which ligament?: There is a collateral ligament in the elbow, and also in the knee. Initial treatment might include bracing and nsaids. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain and a meniscus tear?

What's the difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain and a meniscus tear?

Ligament: The lateral collaterals are the ligaments that support the bones. The meniscus is the actual joint surface called cartilage. ...Read more

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Whats difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

Whats difference between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

Difficult question: A meniscus tear is a tear of the cushions within the knee that give the knee more surface contact area (it takes the load off of the cartilage in your knee to make it last longer). The lateral collateral ligament is a complex set of ligaments on the outside of the knee that keeps the knee stable. It has a role in holding your knee in place, controlling rotation, and augmenting movement. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

How do you differentiate between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

See below: The physical exam findings are beyond our allowed 400 characters but suffice it to say that there are specific findings that differentiate the two. Any physical diagnosis text will describe the differences. Mri is becoming more and more routine as well. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Ligament Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury 2 a ligament. They give ar joints stability. Grade i is minor, has pain, minimal swelling, & respond 2 rest, ice & elevation. Grd ii r=more pain, swelling respond slower 2 rest, ice, elevate, usually brace. 4-6 wk recovery. Lig has been stretched & may have torn fibers. Grd iii=complete tear some do surg brace/cast 6-8 wks recov. Ii&iii= ...Read more


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more