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I have major pain in my upper arm Is this a torn ligament and what type of Dr do I need to see. I jokingly say "I can't be cuffed" that's how bad it is?

I have major pain in my upper arm Is this a torn ligament and what type of Dr do I need to see. I jokingly say "I can't be cuffed" that's how bad it is?

Hmmm: Upper arm pain could be a number of things including radiation from the neck, impingement, a cuff injury, biceps tendinopathy, muscle strain, etc, . Best doctor is a specialist in musculoskeletal medicine which is most likely an orthopaedic surgeon, a primary care sports doc ...Read more

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Ligament Tear (Definition)

Ligaments are defined as collagenn tissue structures that connect bones in and around joints. A classic example is the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee that provides stability o the bones of the knee joint and specifically connects the femur to the tibia. A torn ligament is simply any disruption ...Read more


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What does a torn ligament in the arm feel like?

What does a torn ligament in the arm feel like?

Depends: On the ligament. If it is the tommy john one then you have pain while doing a throwing motion. If you tear one in your finger then you may feel pain with each finger movement. ...Read more

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What should I expect in physical therapy for a torn ligament in the knee?

What should I expect in physical therapy for a torn ligament in the knee?

Depends: Probably none initially or pre-operatively. If not operative or if post operative, then one will have range of motion exercises, strengthening exerc ises and balance and proprioceptive exercises. ...Read more

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I have a suspected torn ligament in elbow in lots of pain and nurofen is not working it's been severe pain for 10 days and it's not getting any begte?

I have a suspected torn ligament in elbow in lots of pain and nurofen is not working it's been severe pain for 10 days and it's not getting any begte?

Heat. Stretching&time: Depending on how the injury happened all you need to do is heat, stretching and massage the tissues of the arm. With time mother nature will heal the tears. The elbow is NOT just where the pain is! It starts at your shoulder and goes down to the wrist, of the whole area needs care. The image is a good example of an elbow stretch. You may not be able to yet, start slow but that is the goal. ...Read more

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What can I do about possible torn ligament on the ulnar side of my upper forearm?

What can I do about possible torn ligament on the ulnar side of my upper forearm?

Protect it: Not sure exactly what you are describing, but typically an ulnar sided ligament injury around the elbow/upper forearm (assuming no dislocation) can heal without surgery -unless you are a throwing athlete. Hinged elbow brace can protect it while it heals, and you should avoid putting stress on the ligament for minimum 8 weeks. Importantly to keep moving your elbow and forearm to prevent stiffness. ...Read more

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If a ruptured ligament and a torn ligament in the ankle are never immobilized during treatment can they heal properly?

If a ruptured ligament and a torn ligament in the ankle are never immobilized during treatment can they heal properly?

Possible but. ..: It's possible but the extent of the injury would determine how well or not things will heal without immobilization. Was there an MRI to confirm the rupture? ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with torn cartilage torn ligament and a syst in my knee what is the treatment?

I've been diagnosed with torn cartilage torn ligament and a syst in my knee what is the treatment?

Knee: Evaluation and treatment by competent surgereon. Sometimes bracing and physical therapy is first step. Also we talking meniscus? Which ligaments? Anterior cruciate worst (sports). There is medial, lateral and posterior ligaments. These plus muscles hold knee together. Meniscus is your cushion. But if torn, not all cases need surgery. Who made this diagnosis. See orthopedic surgeon for answers. ...Read more

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Bad hip pain MRI revealed torn ligament MD said imposable unless dislocated no treatment I stayed off it for two weeks better but have a painful pop?

Bad hip pain MRI revealed torn ligament MD said imposable unless dislocated no treatment I stayed off it for two weeks better but have a painful pop?

Larbal tear.: It could be a labral tear. Hip MRI's are not that easy to read. See an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip arthroscopy, for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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X-ray reveals finger ligament tear, what is the best method of treatment?

X-ray reveals finger ligament tear, what is the best method of treatment?

Usually splint: X-rays cannot see ligaments, therefore if a finger x-ray showed a ligament injury, it was most likely due to an avulsion injury (the ligament is not torn but actually tears a small piece of bone away from its point of attachment). This is usually treated by immobilization, sometimes by surgery. It is best to consult a hand surgeon for a definitive treatment plan. ...Read more

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I have pain running from my wrist on the pinkie finger side till my elbow and at times my fingers also. My wrist is swollen. Is it a ligament tear?

I have pain running from my wrist on the pinkie finger side till my elbow and at times my fingers also. My wrist is swollen. Is it a ligament tear?

Can't say: You really need to have the extremity examined by a health care specialist. They should be able to tell you what the problem is. ...Read more

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How do I treat torn ligaments in right arm?

See your doc: Treating torn ligaments on your own without professional advice from your primary care physician and/or a physiotherapist could lead to worse problems. ...Read more

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Trying my best to keep my torn 1st rib ligament from moving so it will heal. Is there any benefit to not moving the arm much on the affected side?

Trying my best to keep my torn 1st rib ligament from moving so it will heal. Is there any benefit to not moving the arm much on the affected side?

No: Actually, it is helpful to maintain a good range of motion so the surrounding muscles and ligaments do not tighten up on you. It should heal just fine. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with torn ligaments in my right shoulder. On dexedrine30mg. Can it cause the extreme pain I'm experiencing? Right side back/shoulder/neck/arm

Yes: Torn ligaments in the shoulder are painful. See your doctor if the pain persists and if you are having trouble moving your arm like reaching overhead or behind your back. ...Read more

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Treating RC injury w/ self therapy w tennis ball, pressing hard on my upper back on the side, could that be reason my upper arm hurts when extend?

Treating RC injury w/ self therapy w tennis ball, pressing hard on my upper back on the side, could that be reason my upper arm hurts when extend?

See therapist: When you have an injury as serious as a rotator cuff, the rehab should really be under the guidance of a licensed OT or PT, unless you yourself are a therapist and understand the therapy. Once you have been to a therapist for a while, you can do self-directed therapy. Suggest you just see an OT and see if they can help you ...Read more

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I have extremely severe pain in my left shoulder and upper arm from bursitis. I've tried heat, cold, physical therapy and meloxicam with no success.?

Get MRI: If you have 'bursitis' diagnosed by history and physical exam/ X-rays only and have had the treatment you discussed w/out improvement then a good quality MRI scan is indicated. If you've had an MRI scan which confirms above then see a qualified ORS for possible subacromial injection or arthroscopic decompression/rotator cuff repair. Best if Luck! ...Read more

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What do I do if I have a torn ligament? My knee really hurts a lot I still have 2 weeks before I get the results on a mri? Don't know what to do

What do I do if I have a torn ligament? My knee really hurts a lot I still have 2 weeks before I get the results on a mri? Don't know what to do

Rest the knee: Rest the knee by using a knee immobilizer and crutches to stabilize yourself and get around (while resting the knee) and use nsaids for controlling pain. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with torn ligament in ankle from rolling it over a year ago. Still hurts, swells. Has been approx. 15 months giv or take. Why hasn't it healed?

Diagnosed with torn ligament in ankle from rolling it over a year ago. Still hurts, swells. Has been approx. 15 months giv or take. Why hasn't it healed?

Stabilize the ankle: Ligaments have no blood supple and as a result don't heal. You need to have your ankle scoped with possible repair of the ligament with excision of the thickened tissues covering the ankle (synovium) ...Read more

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Any advice on what I should take to help a torn ligament heal?

Any advice on what I should take to help a torn ligament heal?

Healthy diet: There is no particular supplement or medication that has been shown to promote ligament healing. That being said, a healthy diet focused on lean and low fat protein sources, plenty of fruits and vegetables and sufficient amounts if water should put your body in the best environment to heal. ...Read more

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Why we use tendon to replace torn ligament? If tendon is torn, can we use ligament to replace it?

Why we use tendon to replace torn ligament? If tendon is torn, can we use ligament to replace it?

Ligaments: Ligaments go from bone to bone - usually short distance. Ligaments are usually not expendable. Tendons can be split, transferred and moved to substitute for damaged ligaments. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprain and torn ligament?

Partial vs full tear: A sprain is a partial tear of a ligament, sometimes only microscopically. A tearusually refers to a complete disruption of the fibers that make up the ligament. ...Read more

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Does a torn ligament in your thumb require surgery?

Does a torn ligament in your thumb require surgery?

Often yes: Ligament injuries to thumb can be minor, such as a sprain (partial tear), which only requires immobilization. More extensive injuries, like a radial or ulnar collateral ligament tear, require surgical treatment. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the names of a torn ligament in your knee and leg?

ACL, Patellar ligam-: Ent or the tendon, medial ; lateral collateral ligaments, or pcl, to name a few. ...Read more

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I have a torn ligament and torn meniscus. Should I go to operate or not?

Depends: Most likely you will need because you're young and you need your knee to function, but there are certain tears that may potentially be treated conservatively, but that would be up to the orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Docs, could a torn ligament in the hand heal on its own?

Docs, could a torn ligament in the hand heal on its own?

Ligaments connect: Bone to bone. There are many ligaments in the hand. Some span two bones across a joint. Others several bones "outside ". Several joints that work in unison such as the wrist. We frequently grade ligament injury 1 is a stretch. 2 a partial tear and 3 complete tear. The impact of the grade varies with location Wrt clincal impact and "healing" The answer to your question : Yes, but it depends. .. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over a torn ligament in the ankle?

How long does it take to get over a torn ligament in the ankle?

Depends: It depends on which ligament is torn and how badly it was torn. ...Read more

Ligament (Definition)

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