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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a torn ligament heal?

Can a torn ligament heal?

Yes: Soft tissues like ligaments can heal on their own, usually in 3-6 weeks, however they may need to be immobilized or protected while healing and rehabilitated after healing. ...Read more

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How to make a torn ligament better?

How to make a torn ligament better?

Rest, brace: Most torn ligaments that do not require surgery are treated with resting the ligaments and nearby joint combined with a period of immobilization- a cast or brace. Rehab exercises once the ligaments have stabilized can also promote recovery. Occasionally, regenerative injections such as prolotherapy or platelet-rich plasma injections can be used to stimulate healing. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a torn ligament?

How can I know if I have a torn ligament?

Rip torn: A ligament tear can be described as slight, partially torn and completely torn. The injury will probably show varying degrees of swelling, bruising and certainly pain. In the more severe tears there will be some degree of joint instability. Some type of imaging like X-ray or MRI, could make it easier to not only check for fracture but also verify the degree of injury. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat a torn ligament?

Several ways: Immobilizing the ankle in a cast, splint or boot will allow the torn ligament to scar down over time. Ligaments normally take longer than bone to heal, around 3 months. Surgery is another option where the doctor will try to recreate the stability of the torn ligament (s). ...Read more

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How to know if I have torn ligament or worse?

How to know if I have torn ligament or worse?

Joint laxity by exam: Ligaments are actually static or passive restraints that connect bones at a joint. They also serve to help control and constrain or limit the range of joint motion. If a joint becomes loose or unstable and there is a sudden or subsequent increase in a range of motion, a ligament is presumed to be injured (sprained) or torn. A thorough examination of the joint will predictably make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a torn ligament?

Bruising: As well as pain, swelling, and instability. Some people have difficulty using the injured part as well. I mention bruising first because just from visual inspection, bruising tends to indicate that a ligament was torn or bone broken compared to just a sprain. ...Read more

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When should the pain from a torn ligament start to subside?

All torn up: Well, that would depend on the location of the ligament, the severity of the tear and what you are doing to help the ligament repair. ...Read more

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Is it possible not to have surgery on a torn ligament?

Is it possible not to have surgery on a torn ligament?

Depends: Ligament injuries are usually graded 1-3. Grade 1 means stretching or small microscopic tears of the ligament. Usually treated without surgery. Grade 2 are partial tears and are in the grey zone, may need surgery, may not. Grade 3 are complete tears and will typically need surgery to preserve joint stability. ...Read more

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What surgeries are done to fix torn ligament completely separated?

Tendon separation: There are several types of surgery procedures to correct a torn ligament the goal is the same however, and that is to repair the ligament in order to obtain normal function without pain. Consultation with orthopedic specialists is advised to evaluate the situation to determine your options as to the types of surgery for repair. ...Read more

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What does a torn ligament in the bicep feel like?

What does a torn ligament in the bicep feel like?

Not a ligament: A ligament connects bone to bone. A tendon connects muscle to bone. Thus, a biceps tendon tear maybe the problem. The biceps can tear at the shoulder or at the elbow. Proximal tears in the shoulder are painful temporarily and usually treated with physical therapy. Distal bicops tears at the elbow are painful and affect function and usually require surgery. See your sports doc for a work up. ...Read more

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Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Maybe: If the ligament is fully torn and the foot is in pain and ustable then surgery would be helpful. ...Read more

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Does ankle torn ligament effect basketball skills?

Does ankle torn ligament effect basketball skills?

Yes: Until complete healing occurs it will effect your skills. Basket ball is a very demanding sport with sudden stops, pivots etc. If haven't been checked please do so and healing time will be determined once grade of sprain is determined. ...Read more

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Could a torn ligament in the hand heal on its own?

Could a torn ligament in the hand heal on its own?

In theory: It's possible. But, I would let the hand specialist tell me that after they evaluated me...... ...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 patella tendonitis develop into a torn ligament?

Can patella tendonitis develop into a torn ligament?

Yes: Any time there is enough inflammation in a tendon and with the right stress, the tendon can rupture. See a reputable orthopedist or sports medicine physician for consultation if concerned. ...Read more

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Torn ligament in foot. How long will it take to heal?

Torn ligament in foot. How long will it take to heal?

Depends on which one: Is it, how badly is it torn. Generally it'll take about 8-12 weeks.
Discuss it with your surgeon, as he can provide you with precise information. ...Read more

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What is done for a torn ligament and locked knee from football?

What is done for a torn ligament and locked knee from football?

Surgery: The locked knee is generally a meniscus tear that can be trimmed arthroscopically and a torn ligament may need to be reconstructed if it is the acl or sometimes if it is the pcl. If it is an mcl or lcl these are commonly treated without surgery. ...Read more

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How do you know if your thumb is sprained or has a torn ligament?

How do you know if your thumb is sprained or has a torn ligament?

See your doc: Unless you are trained it would be difficult for you to determine if there is a problem. Recommend you see your doc so it can be evaluated. ...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

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