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Will I Need Physical Therapy If I Tore A Ligament In My Thumb
Yes: Depending on the severity of the tear, the treatment will either be conservative with a period of immobilization in a splint or a cast followed by mobilization exercises usually conducted with a hand therapist occupational therapist or surgery, immobilization for a period of weeks depending on the surgeon's orders and then work with a hand therapist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Absolutely no.: No, even for minor tears the minimum time to stabilize with cast is 3 weeks. If the tear is bigger and/or has associated avulsion fracture then surgical exploration and repair needs to be carried out along with k-wire fixation and cast. See a hand specialist urgently as the ucl ligament of the thumb is one of the most important ligaments of the hand. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Unfortunately there is not a lot of therapy for a gamekeeper or skiers thumb. If it is not severe then a period of splinting for 3 to 6 weeks can be used followed by motion exercises. If it is severe, and an orthopedist must determine that, then surgery s treatment of choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Injured the RCL in my thumb three weeks ago. I can grab things that are a pound or lighter. How to speed healing? Immobilize or physical therapy?
Gentle PT: Gentle PT/OT, anti-inflammatories, and heat. Ligaments are hard to heal - low blood supply. If this doesn't improve after a month, seek a surgical consultation. ...Read more
4 weeks ago i fell and tore ligaments in both my left knee and ankle. Having two injuries on the same leg, what physical therapy exercises can I do?
See details: Without being able to examine the areas, it is impossible to offer specific advise. You should direct this question to the doctor who evaluated the knee and ankle. ...Read more
What are the types of exercises done for medial collateral ligament sprain? Can it heal with physical therapy alone?
Mainly quad work: The medial collateral ligament is not directly treated by exercise. Such sprains need time, rest, ice/heat, and pain free exercise. Abnormal body mechanics need to be addressed. However, any knee injury benefits from directed physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee, especially the quadriceps. Many mcl (and even acl) injuries can be safely and confidently managed with pt. ...Read more
Consult PT: It would be hard to answer this question w/out knowing what ligaments are involved. Your best point of reference would be to consult a physical therapist. There are a lot of internet resources that can be used, but beware of picking a wrong treatment plan, since you may have a complex problem that on line sources will be unlikely to address. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stiffness, pain, etc: Post-operative hand therapy is a very helpful adjunct to surgery. Hand therapists can address stiffness, sensory re-education, desensitization, strength training, wound care and many more post-operative issues. Your hand surgeon would typically decide if you are a good candidate for hand therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hand exercises: Some basic hand exercises include squeezing an old tennis ball or racquet ball; and opening the hand with a rubber band (or similar item) around the tips of the fingers (opposite motion of squeezing.) another way to perform these exercises is to put your hands inside a sandbox, then opening and closing the hands and fingers inside the sand. See your doctor or hand therapist for specific exercises. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need physical therapy for my hand and knees. My doctor had to send P.T. scripts for both my hand and knees to the PT clinic. What are PT scripts? Are they treatment plans (length of
the treatment [number of weeks], how many times a week)?
Prescription : These are physical therapy prescriptions. They direct a patient to physical therapy, listing the diagnosis, recommended therapeutic treatments (stretching, strengthening, modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound), the suggested number of treatments per week and duration of treatment; i.e. 2 times/week for 4 weeks. With some plans, the prescriptions are required for insurance to cover the visits. ...Read more
I have trigger finger of the middle finger of my right hand. this is my dominant hand. Is physical therapy a worthy treatment option & if yes, how?
Sometimes: Hand therapy can sometimes be helpful although personally I have found that a cortisone shot works better and faster. Sometimes when these keep coming back they need to be operated on. Trigger fingers are caused by thickened nodules in tendons that flex the fingers. The nodule gets caught under a structure in the hand called a pulley and this is what cause the triggering. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could have ocurred if the physiotherapy treatment for a fracture is over but now healed hand is delayed.?
A 28 year-old man wishes to know if a tendon transfer is the only option for a wrist drop after a humerus fracture.....?
It depends: Sounds like you might have a radial nerve injury after a humerus fracture which unfortunately can be relatively common. Is it a post op nerve palsy? or was no surgery done to fix the humerus. How long has it been? If its been >6 weeks, an EMG can be helpful to see if there is any re-inervation. Make sure you are doing at least passive range of motion to avoid stiffness. We can set up a consult. ...Read moreSee 10 more doctor answers
Depends on surgeon: Every orthopaedic surgeon has a slightly different rehabilitation protocol after acl injury or surgery. Physical therapy is an important tool to use to help you recovery from your injury. Therapy can last from 2-12 weeks depending on the individual and the severity of the injury. ...Read more
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