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What are some good exercises to stabilize my knee after an ACL tear?

What are some good exercises to stabilize my knee after an ACL tear?

PT: Your knee has both static stabilizers (acl and pcl) and dynamic stabilizers (quads and hamstrings). Hamstring and quadricep strengthening is usually incorporated into acl rehab. Leg extension and flexion exercises in a brace can be helpful. Talk to your physical therapist. ...Read more

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Acl Tear (Definition)

A ligament connects bone to bone. so if you have a torn ACL, there result is instability between the two bones that ...Read more


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What kind of exercises can I do while recuperating from a torn ACL that can help stabilize my knee?

What kind of exercises can I do while recuperating from a torn ACL that can help stabilize my knee?

Closed chain : Closed chain exercises are the best for your knee after an ACL reconstruction. Are you seeing a therapist? You should be, and they can show you closed chain exercises. Closed chain exercises include lunges and squats. The feet are on the ground and not moving, the exercises involve multiple joints, and the forces are compressive across the joint, which is better for a healing ACL reconstruction. ...Read more

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I had an ACL reconstruction on my fight knee, what are the best excercises for rehab?

I had an ACL reconstruction on my fight knee, what are the best excercises for rehab?

Quad and hamstrings: Typically, the quadriceps and hamstrings which are the secondary stabilizers of the knee are strengthened following acl reconstruction. Depending on the time from surgery and what type of graft and protocol your surgeon follows, an exercise program focused on these muscle groups as well as riding a stationary bike form the cornerstone of treatment. ...Read more

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I have a torn meniscus, what are the exercises to avoid?

I have a torn meniscus, what are the exercises to avoid?

Squats,lunges etc.: If u have a torn meniscus than you should have your knee 'scoped' before you do further damage to your knee;things to avoid in the meantime include any activities which involve turning, twisting, pivoting or squatting on the affected side...I.E.Squats , lunges etc.(leg press, hamstring curls, ex.Bike, hip exercises should be O.K.)see your ors for further guidance.Best of luck! ...Read more

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Surgery to repair torn labrum in my hip and to fix cam and pincer impingment. What kind of dme will i be going home with other than crutches?

Surgery to repair torn labrum in my hip and to fix cam and pincer impingment. What kind of dme will i be going home with other than crutches?

Hip arthroscopy: Some surgeons brace after surgery for a period of a few weeks to up to six weeks. Ice machine or sequential compression may also be utilized. Occasionally a tens unit may also accompany you. What's most important is to follow your post op instructions for pt and return to activity. ...Read more

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What are some good rehab exercises for a knee ligament injury?

Depends: My answer to you is to see pm&r physician and see good physical therapist for home exercises program. Do not search internet to save money. ...Read more

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How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?

How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?

Very effective: There are two basic types of cartilage in your knee--the meniscus (between the bones) and the articular (covering the bones). "torn cartilage" usually refers to a torn meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery is very reliable for resolving symptoms like catching, locking and giving way. Recovery is typically short with no long term restrictions. Complications are infrequent. ...Read more

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Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?

Is a brace necessary for sports after ACL surgery? I am an athlete and am having ACL replacement surgery so that i can continue to be active. Will i need to use a brace to support my knee for the rest of my life when playing sports?

Hello: Strictly : Hello: strictly speaking you do not need to wear a brace after acl surgery. Some patients like the supportive feel of an acl brace during rehab. In some instances and some sports, a brace may help protect against collision-related reinjuries. I do believe there is no strongly overwhelming evidence to mandate a brace or to avoid a brace, so i discuss the above with the patient and help them decide. I generally advise those who get a brace to use it for the first year back to sports, unless they do some higher-collision-risk sports infrequently (for example, skiing), then i would have no problem with their wearing the brace a couple times a year for those occasions for several years. I would have problems with patients who feel they "must" have a brace: then i would want to rule out residual instability, and if that is ruled out, work with those patients to make sure they are confident on their feet. After all, the acl reconstruction should provide stability! i hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa. ...Read more

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What are good home exercises for rehabing an MCL tear?

What are good home exercises for rehabing an MCL tear?

The basics: See this article. http://www.livestrong.com/article/556479-rehab-after-acl-injury/ . Good place to start...Similar to acl injury. You should recover faster though. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What are the best exercises to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Hamstring exercises: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to stabilize the knee. The ACL keeps the shin bone from sliding forward (anteriorly) and the PCL keeps it from sliding backwards. When ACL is torn the shin bone will slide anteriorly. The hamstrings attach to the back of the knee and act as flexors, but will also help keep the shin bone from sliding forward. ...Read more

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What can I do for torn cartilage and a torn ACL without having surgery?

What can I do for torn cartilage and a torn ACL without having surgery?

Orthopedist: Speak to your orthopedist. Knowing the extent of injury he or she can tell you if physical therapy alone will help with appropriate bracing. ...Read more

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What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

Straight leg easier: When walking, place your foot in front of your body, landing on the outer heel of your foot. Your foot should land on either side of an imaginary line, and your toe should be pointed at 45 degree angle from the ground. Land with your leg straight, and keep it straight until after the leg has passed behind you. When your leg is behind your body, push off with your big toe forcing your body forward. ...Read more

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Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms ? I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms ? 
I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Yes: Yes, you can definitely have some degree of instability in your knee/tibia, particularly if you have an "acl deficient" knee. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What types of exercises are good for a torn lateral meniscus and patially torn acl?

What types of exercises are good for a torn lateral meniscus and patially torn acl?

Surgery?: See a good knee doc and make sure you dont need surgery. Partial acl tears are not common, and a lateral meniscal tear may be unstable. For the basics read this article. http://www.livestrong.com/article/556479-rehab-after-acl-injury/ . Good place to start. ...Read more

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What are good exercises to strengthen an arthritic knee?

Low impact exercises: In general, low impact exercises are best for arthritic knees. Cycling and swimming are good examples. ...Read more

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I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What does all this involve?

I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What  does all this involve?

Arthroscopic surgery: Sounds as if they are planning to repair your torn labrum, remove bone spur and repair cartilage. This can be done thru several small incisions, outpatient taking a couple of hours . This allows the repairs to be done without dislocating the hip joint. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to rehab a severely strained knee joint?

What are the best exercises to rehab a severely strained knee joint?

Low impact: Generally, it is a good idea to keep the knee moving with as little impact as possible. Provided it is just a strain, and there are no fractures, torn meniscus or ligaments, a low impact exercise program including riding a stationary bike or elliptical machine would be advisable. If it hurts, don't do it and make sure you check with a physician. ...Read more

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I have advanced arthritis of left knee and torn lateral and medial ligaments too young for replacement what can i do to relieve my pain walking brace?

I have advanced arthritis of left knee and torn lateral and medial ligaments too young for replacement what can i do to relieve my pain walking brace?

See a PMR doctor: I would recommend a trial of Hyaluronic injections & core strengthening. IF you utilize a brace, no more than 4 hours per day. A PMR doctor can thoroughly assess you and determine other possible treatments to optimize your function. We try to take a comprehensive approach that looks at nutrition, exercise within your envelope of function & pain management. Keep me posted as this is my focus. ...Read more