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What is the recovery time after a knee ligament tear or sprain?

What is the recovery time after a knee ligament tear or sprain?

It depends: Based on the info provided, it is hard to give details. The time to heal depends on which ligament or ligaments or injured and to what degree. ...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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My knee gives me sharp pain every time i bend my knees, would it be a torn ligament? Thanks

My knee gives me sharp pain every time i bend my knees, would it be a torn ligament? Thanks

Unlikely: A torn ligament is a serious injury which typically occurs only with significant trauma such as a ski accident or sports injury. A torn ligament will typically result in instability of the knee. So, if you have not had any significant trauma then it is unlikely to be a torn ligament. See a physician if your symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Is there any specific diet or tablets which can help in fast recovery of knee ligament tear?

Is there any specific diet or tablets which can help in fast recovery of knee ligament tear?

Many can help: If your ligament is completely torn i advise surgery but partial tears can heal. I advise an anti-inflammatory diet:https://tinyurl.com/38mdp6 Important nutrients include vitamin C, B6, B12, magnesium, manganese ; zinc- see http://www.leastening.com/articles/sport-exercise/nutrition-for-tendons-and-ligaments.html homeopathy can help (consider ruta grav). Some advise taking collagen supplements. ...Read more

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Confirmed ligament tear in my left knee. Using knee support. Please advice any medicines for faster recovery. No prominent pain luckily.

Confirmed ligament tear in my left knee. Using knee support. Please advice any medicines for faster recovery. No prominent pain luckily.

Which ligament?: Please provide more information; which ligament was torn? Mcl? Acl? There is no medicine that will help this heal but sometimes anti inflammatories are used initially to help with pain and inflammation. But if you have no pain i would not recommend taking any medication. Please provide more details. ...Read more

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ER dx of torn ligament in knee. 30d later more swollen, spreading to thigh over knee. Ortho f/u in 9d. If correct dx would I be walking/thigh swollen?

ER dx of torn ligament in knee. 30d later more swollen, spreading to thigh over knee. Ortho f/u in 9d. If correct dx would I be walking/thigh swollen?

Knee injury: Usually knee swelling will resolve over 4-6 weeks with an isolated ligament tear, such as ACL or MCL tear. If swelling persists, you may have additional damage in the knee, like a meniscus tear, or damaged joint cartilage. Recommend MRI of the knee to assess for these injuries. ...Read more

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If my knee has been bothering me for years and it hurts when i put weight on it and do activities do I have a torn ligament? It has been bothering me since 8th grade I am 19 now

If my knee has been bothering me for years and it hurts when i put weight on it and do activities do I have a torn ligament? It has been bothering me since 8th grade I am 19 now

Many possibilities: See a sports med doc for exam. Often a personalized course of physical therapy can be helpful, regardless of the cause. The therapist will look at your individual mechanics and make recommendations for proper alignment. There are multiple other treatments if that doesn't resolve the symptoms completely. ...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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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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Is burning pain in my knee a sign of a torn ligament ?

Is burning pain in my knee a sign of a 
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Perhaps: How the pain started, and other important questions, as well as a physical exam is needed to know for sure. Burning pain is not the most common description of how a torn ligament feels, but each person's pain sensation is different. Torn ligaments re usually acutely painful and related to injury or a misstep, and can have locking or buckling of the knee. ...Read more

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How can you recover from a torn ligament in the knee without surgery?

How can you recover from a torn ligament in the knee without surgery?

Ligament dependent: Many ligaments are part of your knee. Ligaments that have a reasonable chane to heal with appropriate non operative management, include: PCL (mandates bracing); mcl, some mpfl (medial patlellofemoral ligament). The ACL and lcl usually required an augmented repair or an anatomical reconstruction? ...Read more

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What can you do to recover from a torn ligament in the knee, without surgery?

Depends on ligament: Some ligament injuries will heal with non operative treatment. This depends on which ligament and how severe an injury occurred. The medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments may heal with protectice bracing for 4-6 weeks if they involve a partial tear and no other damage. Complete tearing of a ligament will often be associated with other knee damage. Mri can often tell. ...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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Is swimming a good idea if you have a torn ligament in the knee?

Is swimming a good idea if you  have a torn ligament in  the knee?

Yes: Doing low impact exercise like swimming or biking is important. Go easy the first time in the pool. Especially getting in and out of the pool. Also only do flutter kick. No breaststroke kick the first time. Breaststroke kick puts some torque through the knee. ...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 crackling/ snapping in my knee when going up/down stairs. Xray shows nothing but my knee hurts? May I have torn ligament?

Probably not a lig: The snapping you hear is usually your knee cap snapping on your femur. That comes from a muscle imbalance in your quad muscle. Ysually the outer quad is stronger than the inner one and therefore pulls the knee cap to the outside of the groove it normally sits in your femur. Work on inner quad or vmo strength to correct the problem. ...Read more

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I hurt my knee while playing football. Doctor said I have a torn ligament but not sure because haven't take any xray.What should I do?

MRI: X-rays will only show bony trauma. Physical exam first then MRI to determine which ligament (or cartilage) could be injured. This will then determine treatment, non-surgical or surgical. ...Read more

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Medial joint side of the knee is getting diminished. ..Is it torn ligament problem?Is surgery required?

Medial joint side of the knee is getting diminished. ..Is it torn ligament problem?Is surgery required?

Don't know what you: Mean by "diminished" or if you even have any discomfort. Have you previously injured it? Does it feel unstable, lock up or cause the knee to swell? Lots of questions need answering before answering yours. Why don't you have your doctor take a look? ...Read more

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Torn ligament in both knees , now I have a cold sensation on knee caps. Also knee can Burns when ice is applied?

See ortho: If you have not seen an Orthopedist yet, now is the time as torn ligament is not a trivial issue since it may lead to permanent disability if not properly treated. ...Read more

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What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

Torn muscle: Healing depends on degree of trauma, type of muscle, location of joints, age, and degree of rest. Like wise so many variable. Some doesn't heal at all without surgical treatment. ...Read more

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The doctor says I have a torn ligament and he wants to do surgery on my left knee to improve it does it get better after surgery?

The doctor says I have a torn ligament and he wants to do surgery on my left knee to improve it does it get better after surgery?

It should improve: Certain ligaments need to be repaired, your dr makes the call based on the exam and history. The knee uses the acl as its primary stabilizer with remaining muscles, ligaments and menisci helping. If the acl is not repaired in active people it leads to early onset arthritis.
Be prepared to rehab your knee for several months. ...Read more

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I am in the na program and in terrible pain from my knee having a torn ligament or meniscus. Any narcotic free pain man advice?

Thanks for asking!: You should definitely consult an orthopedic surgeon. Meanwhile, you can consider taking some tylenol, (acetaminophen) ibuprofen, apply ice for 10 mins every few hours. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i can have a torn meniscus and or ligament tear even though the MRI came back clean? I am constantly have knee pain and buckling

Is it possible that i can have a torn meniscus and or ligament tear even though the MRI came back clean? I am constantly have knee pain and buckling

See details: A normal MRI (if the reading is correct) makes tears unlikely. However, the symptom of buckling is impressive. See the orthopedist and discuss whether an mr-arthrogram is indicated. This is a more sensitive test than the plain mri. ...Read more

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Hi, my son aged 30 hurt his knee last night, probable torn ligament. A&E gave him diclofenac. Can he also take painkiller with that? Neurofen or panad

Hi, my son aged 30 hurt his knee last night, probable torn ligament. A&E gave him diclofenac. Can he also take painkiller with that? Neurofen or panad

Yes & no: Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication which also acts as a very good pain killer. Neurofen (also called ibuprofen) is in the same family of medicines so he should not take both as this would be doubling up. He can definitely take panadol at the same time to supplement the pain relief he gets. ...Read more

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Hurt my knee a month ago. Had to see Dr today, suspect torn ligament, fitted me with a brace. With the brace my knee is more sore-ish. Is this normal?

Hurt my knee a month ago. Had to see Dr today, suspect torn ligament, fitted me with a brace.  With the brace my knee is more sore-ish. Is this normal?

Be sure brace fits. : If the brace does not fit well, or is improperly applied, there might be pain. Otherwise, you may be having residual pain from your injury. ...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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Can i walk around with a torn hamstring also was cartridge in my joint in a torn ligament all in the same right knee?

Can i walk around with a torn hamstring also was cartridge in my joint in a torn ligament all in the same right knee?

Depends: I did not appreciate the full nature of your condition, you should certainly be checked. People with hamstring injuries can heal without surgery and many times patients can walk through the process. The ligament and cartilage nature of the injury described depends on the actual structures involved and the associated displacement, stability, etc. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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I have ACL torn ligament and i want to go to orthoscopic knee surgery .My question is which graft is best for me . And I am not a sportperson.

ACL: Since you are not a "sportsperson" the 1st question is do you even need surgery. Acl reconstructions are typically reserved for those involved in activities requiring pivoting or jumping as well as those who have instability outside those activities. As for the graft choices there are pluses and minuses with most data showing a preference for auto grafts (your tissue) in young patients (<40). ...Read more

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I had knee surgery Nov. 19th, I had a torn ligament so the surgeon had 2 put a cadaver piece in my knee, also had a tear in my meniscus, knee is poppn?

I had knee surgery Nov. 19th, I had a torn ligament so the surgeon had 2 put a cadaver piece in my knee, also had a tear in my meniscus, knee is poppn?

Postop questions: If I understand correctly, your knee is now popping? What about pain? Swelling? It sounds like you need follow up with your surgeon. It is critical you make postoperative follow up with your surgeon to properly follow your progress, rehab and any complications that may arise. ...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