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How is a torn ligament in the neck treated? I also have disc problems in my neck and upper and lower back issues.

How is a torn ligament in the neck treated? I also have disc problems in my neck and upper and lower back issues.

Conservatively: A ligament tear is a sprain. This will usually respond to rest & ice packs, initially. Followed by heat, massages, stretching exercises & otc nsaids. This is then followed by strengthening exercises. When pain free, you should looke into participating in a pilates &/or yoga class. This will provide you with a strong body and help prevent future problems. ...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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How to treat torn ligaments in the neck spine area?

How to treat torn ligaments in the neck spine area?

See surgeon: If the ligaments are truly torn, see an orthopedic surgeon or neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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What can cause your apical ligament tear in your cervical spine if you were never in an accident or had any other neck?

What can cause your apical ligament tear in your cervical spine if you were never in an accident or had any other neck?

Old injury: It would be unlikely to have a tear like that without some previous injury. At 27, the injury could have been decades ago, but recently discovered. Calcification of injuries is more common in those over 30, so the injury at your age is difficult to "date." ...Read more

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What makes a torn ligament better?

What makes a torn ligament better?

Depends: Some ligaments will heal on their own but others will need a surgical correction. Discuss your injury with an orthopedic surgeon to determine this. ...Read more

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How should I treat a torn ligament?

How should I treat a torn ligament?

Ligament dependent: Not all ligaments or degrees of ligament injury are treated the same. Some ligament injuries require simple supportive care (rest, ice, compression, elevation- rice). Others may benefit from a course of bracing. Still others may mandate surgical repair or reconstruction. Pending initial evaluation by a qualified healthcare provider, rice combined with immobilization is a safe plan of action. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a torn ligament?

What to do if I have a torn ligament?

Depends: On what ligament is torn. If it is in the knee, you could need reconstruction to delay arthritic changes ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a torn ligament?

Weakness, pain: Weakness, pain, swelling, bruising, instability, deformity....... Depending upon the degree and site. ...Read more

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I think I have a torn ligament. What are the symptoms?

I think I have a torn ligament. What are the symptoms?

Pain.: Pain and swelling near the tendon. If it is actually torn, there may be instability that your surgeon can detect on exam. ...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 is the best way to stay healthy while healing a torn ligament?

Variable: Where is the ligament? Depends on what ligament is torn for activities. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how much glucosamine I should take to help heal a torn ligament?

Does anyone know how much glucosamine I should take to help heal a torn ligament?

Controversial: There is considerable debate over whether glucosamine works at all. I believe that it does help repair cartilage if taken at a dose of 1500 mg of glucosamine per day. The chondroitin probably does not help. There is almost no evidence that it helps torn ligaments. ...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?

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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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?

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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How long does it take for a torn ligament to heal?

DependsLocationSever: There is no fix period for torn ligaments. The healing period will vary based on the location of the ligament and the severity like if it is patial tear or complete and other co existing injuries, like cartileges and bones. And it also depends on the type of treatment like, rest, PT and any surgical intervention ...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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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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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 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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How do I know if I have a sprain or torn ligament?

Pain Persists: When you sprain a joint, your injury exceeds the tissues which hold the joint together, so the joint opens and closes in painful ways, the attachment of the ligament to the bone is tender, the muscles in the area develop knots and painful tightness to compensate the joint. A soft tissue examination with an experienced physician or physical therapist is recommended. Prolotherapy is curative. ...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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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

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