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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 are signs of torn ligaments/tendons in the ankle?

What are signs of torn ligaments/tendons in the ankle?

Depends on ligament: Ankle ligament rupture if chronic typically has instability and "giving way" as its main symptom, this is the same for subtler instability. Midfoot ligament rupture is usually represented by pain an medial side with a flat foot deformity. This represents either rupture of the ligament keeping the arch up or the junction of the hind foot and midfoot. It could also be represented by pain! ...Read more

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Can torn ligaments/tendons/cartilage in the knee go unnoticed?

Can torn ligaments/tendons/cartilage in the knee go unnoticed?

Generally no: There issues are very likely to cause pain, instability or locking or any combination of the three. ...Read more

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Can a broken knuckle also cause torn ligaments/tendons?

Can a broken knuckle also cause torn ligaments/tendons?

Yes: An injury can cause damage to the ligaments, tendons and bones at the time of trauma. ...Read more

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I have torn ligaments/tendons in my ankle. Pt has shown some improvment, but I'm still in pain. Is surgery my only option left? Thanks

I have torn ligaments/tendons in my ankle.  Pt has shown some improvment, but I'm still in pain. Is surgery my only option left? Thanks

See below: Your doctor can try to immobilize you for a time. If there is a total tear then surgery is probably needed. There is a newer technique called prp which you can discuss with your doctor. ...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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How long does it take for a torn ligament or tendon to heal in the upper to middle of the back? Bad motorcycle accident on 8/17/2013. Hit by trooper!

How long does it take for a torn ligament or tendon to heal in the upper to middle of the back?  Bad motorcycle accident on 8/17/2013. Hit by trooper!

Months: It can take a long time to heal torn ligaments, especially in areas like the back that you really can't give full rest to. Think of football players that get turf-toe and it bothers them the entire season — it's very similar. I would highly recommend physical therapy if not doing it. Can help you with alternative ways to sit/move/lie to reduce stress on that area of back. ...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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Can i still get reconstructive surgery on torn ligaments and tendons I tore 4 years ago?

Can i still get reconstructive surgery on torn ligaments and tendons I tore 4 years ago?

Repair tendons: You can always repair your tendons and ligaments but the effectiveness will depend on where they are located and if the local muscles are still functioning. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have i torn a ligament/tendon in my foot?

How do I know if I have i torn a ligament/tendon in my foot?

See a doctor: You will get a proper evaluation and a diagnosis can be made. Sometimes further testing is necessary. Is range of motion limited or very painful? These are often noted, however, a tear is not necessarily present with these symptoms. ...Read more

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I had surgery for a broken wrist and torn ligaments or tendons about 6 wks ago. I can't turn a door knob. How long will it take to get better?

I had surgery for a broken wrist and torn ligaments or tendons about 6 wks ago. I can't turn a door knob. How long will it take to get better?

Varies: It varies quite a bit. Typically, would at best be in the 8-12 week range. Make sure you follow up and follow the instructions of your surgeon, it would seem a little early to be doing things like turning a door knob at this point. Make sure you are being compliant. Your surgeon will be able to tell you more about your specific case. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has torn ligaments and tendons. His dr is referring him to a surgeon. What's the normal surgery for this?

Orthopedist: I assume that he is being sent to an orthopedist. The answer to your question all depends on how much damage was done. ...Read more

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How can torn ligaments and ruptured tendons heal wrong?

How can torn ligaments and ruptured tendons heal wrong?

Depends: There is a big difference between ligaments and tendons. Tendons connect muscles to bones, if certain tendons are torn they need to be treated surgically (achilles, biceps, rotator cuff). Ligaments are the ropes that connect bones to bones, many times these heal on their own. ...Read more

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Can a massage therapist help torn tendons/ligaments?

Can a massage therapist help torn tendons/ligaments?

Depends: They may be able to decrease some discomfort, but full tears often of tendons or ligaments usually require surgical repair. Partial or microscopic tears may benefit from massaging the area and stimulating blood flow. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a torn muscle, tendon, ligament... In your hand?

What are the treatments for a torn muscle, tendon, ligament... In your hand?

Let me help: Treatment of minor injury of those in general is by splinting or casting.
Major injury in general need surgical treatment. ...Read more

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My wrist has torn tendons, torn ligaments, subluxing ECU tendon w tear & ganglion cyst. As well as tenosynovitis + tendinosis. What can be done ?

My wrist has torn tendons, torn ligaments, subluxing ECU tendon w tear & ganglion cyst.  As well as tenosynovitis + tendinosis.  What can be done
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All can be treated: All your conditions can be treated by an orthopedic doctor. So I suggest you make an apt with an orthopedic doctor if not already done ...Read more

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How long should i be on crutches for 3 torn ligaments and subluxation (slipped tendon) in my ankle?

How long should i be on crutches for 3 torn ligaments and subluxation (slipped tendon) in my ankle?

All depends: On what grade sprain......at some point you could be converted to a cam walker boot but this would depend on amount of swelling, pain etc.... ...Read more

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Could an ankle boot help heal torn/pulled tendons or ligaments? It's been four months but won't heal. Little things like bending down/stairs reinjure

Could an ankle boot help heal torn/pulled tendons or ligaments? It's been four months but won't heal. Little things like bending down/stairs reinjure

It is possible.: HAve you been followed by an orthopedic surgeon for your problems. If they have not healed I would consult a specialist. Consider physical therapy as an alternative. If all conservative therapies fail you may be a candidate for surgery. ...Read more

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What is the best way to I increase ankle strength. I have sprained and strained and torn muscles and ligaments and tendons so often they won't rebuild?

What is the best way to I increase ankle strength. I have sprained and strained and torn muscles and ligaments and tendons so often they won't rebuild?

Rebuild : I would see a physical therapist that specializes in sports injuries and they will come up with a regimen plan for you to strengthen your ankles, keep in mind when you have an injury to a ligament and there are many around the ankle they do not heal with the same strength do to scar tissue formation that is not as strong as the original ligament. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for torn ligaments and a torn tendon?

Torn ligament/tendon: It depends on the location. Some tendon or ligament injuries heal with nonoperative treatment and time, some heal with splinting and therapy, some require surgery. ...Read more

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What is worse: an ankle sprain, tendon tear or ligament tear? I can't walk after 2 weeks on "sprained ankle" and am scared of diagnosis

What is worse: an ankle sprain, tendon tear or ligament tear?  I can't walk after 2 weeks on "sprained ankle" and am scared of diagnosis

See your doctor: An ankle sprain is graded on severity and symptoms. The inability to walk two weeks after an ankle sprain is concerning. Even in mild sprains, you do tear part of the ligament. In more severe sprains, more of the ligament is torn. It's possible you could have injured more than one ligament, the cartilage, or the bone which is not allowing you to walk. I recommend you see your doctor right away ...Read more

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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?

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

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...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


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