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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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Dr. Richard Jay
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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 can you do to recover from a torn ligament in the knee, without surgery?

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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Is a ACL sprain the same as a ACL tear? Unable to straighten the knee. Large knee joint effusion. Please help in a lot of pain. Thanks.

Is a ACL sprain the same as a ACL tear? Unable to straighten the knee. Large knee joint effusion. Please help in a lot of pain. Thanks.

No: A full tear is different than a sprain. A sprain can heal whereas the tear will not and the body tries to compensate. The effusion is due to the initial injury that caused this in the first place. The not being able to straighten the knee part is the most concerning...I guess it happened very recently :( Consider ER or bracing at the moment. Schedule to see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a torn meniscus in the knee?

How to determine if I have a torn meniscus in the knee?

Symptoms: Common knee symptoms with meniscal tear: pain, swelling, popping, catching, locking, and sensation of giving way. ...Read more

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How do you treat a partial tear to tendons in the ankle?

How do you treat a partial tear to tendons in the ankle?

Two ways...: Conservative therapy or surgery may be used. Please see an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon for help. One in your are can be found at www.Aofas.Org. ...Read more

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What is the best procedure to do for worn out cartilage in knee joint?

What is the best procedure to do for worn out cartilage in knee joint?

Cartilage: Options depend on amount of surface area involved--if small, possible microfracture, oats procedure for cartilage transfer, or chondrocyte transplant--the last of which may not be covered by insurance. Sometimes a simple scope debridement may get you some mileage. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the names of a torn ligament in your knee and leg?

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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What to do in meniscus torn at the age29?

What to do in meniscus torn at the age29?

C knee specialist: A symptomatic tear requires an arthroscopic removal or repair. Don't wait, 2 young 2 ignore it. ...Read more

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I have a partial ligament tear in shoulder, what is the fastest way to treat this?

I have a partial ligament tear in shoulder, what is the fastest way to treat this?

Depends: If only partial, then time should heal things with a minor injury in bout a month and a moderate injury in about two. Maintain motion but avoid stresses. Once pain is down work on strength and coordination. If no response, get it checked again. ...Read more

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Does a torn ACL always have swelling? Can a torn ACL hurt to twist you knee right to left when standing? I have a lot of instability in the knee.

Does a torn ACL always have swelling? Can a torn ACL hurt to twist you knee right to left when standing? I have a lot of instability in the knee.

Usually yes, and yes: Initially, a torn acl usually results in a knee effusion (swelling), but after a few days the swelling can go away. Pain/shifting with twisting activities (even while standing) are one symptom of a torn acl. Torn meniscus tissue or cartilage which can occur along with an acl tear can also cause similar symptoms or the sensation of instability. It does sound like it's time to get your knee checked. ...Read more

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What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

Surgery: Surgery is indicated, and depending on the location of the tear and the quality of the tissue, a repair or a meniscectomy (removal of the torn portion) is indicated. ...Read more

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Qhich type of doctor to go to for a torn ligament in thumb?

Look for hand surgn: The injury you describe may be within the scope of your local orthopedic surgeon, many orthopedists & some plastic surgeons do additional training in hand surgery & if one is available that would be an additional source of care. ...Read more

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How do I treat a partial tear to the tendon of the gastrocnemius?

How do I treat a partial tear to the tendon of the gastrocnemius?

Get exact diagnosis: Make sure of the diagnosis and talk to your doctor about a physical therapy rehab program when the healing stage is right. ...Read more

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What's the best way to recover from a torn meniscus in the knee?

What's the best way to recover from a torn meniscus in the knee?

Surgery?: The majority of meniscus tears in younger people are treated surgically. If the meniscus is torn in the correct spot, it can be repaired, unfortunately most require surgical excision of the tear. Rehab usually lasts 4-6 weeks after the surgery. ...Read more

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What could I do to find out if its arthritis in my knee or a torn ligament?

What could I do to find out if its arthritis in my knee or a torn ligament?

Get it evaluated: See your doctor or an orthopedist. With an exam and appropriate imaging studies, the cause can be determined. ...Read more

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What is the best way to recover from a torn tendon in the foot?

What is the best way to recover from a torn tendon in the foot?

Depends: Depends on the tendon torn, the degree of tear, the ability to repair with non-surgical means versus surgical means, ability to rest, splint, not use the area, time on crutches, boot splint, or other and the type of physical therapy your get. See a reputable orthopedist or sports medicine physician and get an evaluation. You may need to see a foot and ankle trained ortho to see you. ...Read more

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What is a MCL sprain and how long does it take to go away? Can a sprain lead to a tear? Is the MCL on the joint line? Please help

What is a MCL sprain and how long does it take to go away? Can a sprain lead to a tear? Is the MCL on the joint line? Please help

MCL Sprain: The Medial Collateral Ligament is on the inside of the knee. It attaches above and below the joint line. A sprain can last up to 6 weeks. Usually the MCL sprain does not lead to a tear without having ACL or meniscus involvement. Using a knee sleeve may help give you more stability. If it is severe you may need to use crutches until you are able to put weight on it. OTC pain meds can help. ...Read more

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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