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Will I need physical therapy if I tore a ligament in my thumb?

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 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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If I tore my labrum muscle in my shoulder should I seek surgery or physical therapy?

If I tore my labrum muscle in my shoulder should I seek surgery or physical therapy?

Depends: Not every labral injury needs surgery. It really depends on the person. If the person with the labral injury is a major league pitcher, than surgery is probably the only thing that will get that person back to pitching. On the other hand it that person is a club recreational tennis player who plays doubles once or twice a week a conservative program may be fine. ...Read more

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If i had a high ankle sprain and a torn tendon 4 months ago and it still hurts, what should I do to alleviate the pain?

If i had a high ankle sprain and a torn tendon 4 months ago and it still hurts, what should I do to alleviate the pain?

Have it evaluated.: It is common for one to experience pain for several months following an ankle injury. An MRI may be of benefit in diagnosing your pathology. ...Read more

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I found out I have a mild shift to my knee cap and torn ligaments and cartlig missing..Would i need a cast after surgrey?

I found out I have a mild shift to my knee cap and torn ligaments and cartlig missing..Would i need a cast after surgrey?

Restrictive bracing : Very rarely (to never) is the knee joint actually casted. In situations where a knee should not be flexed following surgery an immobilizer or brace (locked in extension) may be applied. However, these options are more conducive to post-op pain management modalities, bathing, and monitoring of incisions for infection. Most likely you will only have to deal with a brace and crutches. ...Read more

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I hurt my knee at work, after seeing an orthopedic he put me in a brace and physical therapy in a few weeks... is it possible that my hip, calf muscle, and akle hurt now due to my knee injury?

I hurt my knee at work, after seeing an orthopedic he put me in a brace and physical therapy in a few weeks... is it possible that my hip, calf muscle, and akle hurt now due to my knee injury?

Knee Injury: Absolutely! The lower extremity acts as a unit. A movement group called a kinetic chain. Muscles and tendons go from buttock and hip to knee. Muscles and tendons around knee influence the ankle. Without knowing the full extent of the injury can only remark that it is not unusual to hurt above and below the main area of injury. ...Read more

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Do i need to have surgery when I have torn a ligament in your knee?

Do i need to have surgery when I have torn a ligament in your knee?

Not necessarily: It depends on several things like which ligament is injured, what symptoms it is causing, age/activity level of patient, exam findings, and the appearance of imaging studies. ...Read more

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With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

This may depend on : the finger involved and as to exactly what specific type of injury that was sustained. The most common type of splinting for simple injuries is buddy taping where one finger is taped to the adjacent one for stability but still allow for range of motion to avoid stiffness. See you doctor for an opinion. ...Read more

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Dislocated my shoulder twice , now I have a lebral tear.. Doctors told me its a small tear and you need physical theropy .. Can i play overhead sports?

Dislocated my shoulder twice , now I have a lebral tear..  Doctors told me its a small tear and you need physical theropy .. Can i play overhead sports?

Yes and no.: Labral tear in someone your age have a high likelihood of resulting in recurrent dislocations. I would avoid overhand sports for now (assuming your dislocation was anterior ie out the front). I would follow your dr.'s recommendation for therapy. However, even with your therapy it is more likely than not that you will redislocate. If that happens then arthroscopic labral repair is indicated. ...Read more

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I have a meniscus tear in my knee and I started physical therapy, any workouts to suggest?

I have a meniscus tear in my knee and I started physical therapy, any workouts to suggest?

Rehabilitation: Saving the meniscus is always our first priority. If exercising with a torn meniscus then the bike and the pool are usually the safest. ...Read more

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Should I get surgery or physical therapy again after dislocating my patella twice in 4 months? I also might've chipped a piece of cartilage inside.

Should I get surgery or physical therapy again after dislocating my patella twice in 4 months? I also might've chipped a piece of cartilage inside.

Patella dislocation: Difficult question. If you were adequately and completely rehabilitated following the first episode and dislocated again then surgery may be a better and more conservative answer to prevent further damage. If there is possibility of loose body from chipping surgery is highly appropriate. You need to talk frankly with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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How would i know if i tore a ligament in my ankle without an mri?

How would i know if i tore a ligament in my ankle without an mri?

See below : Clinical exam by an orthopedic surgeon is often sufficient. Ultrasound is an alternative to MRI in selected cases. The nice bit about ultrasound is that it can image while stressing the joint. This is not the case with mri. ...Read more

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How effective is physical theropy after a shoulder dislocation.. I have a lebral tear and i want to play overhead sports later?

How effective is physical theropy after a shoulder dislocation..  I have a lebral tear and i want to play overhead sports later?

Depends: Recurrent dislocation rate with bankart tear is high (85% in military cadets). Surgery is increasingly recommended to repair even after only 1 dislocation. Pt doesn't put the labrum back in the right spot and get it to heal there. It either heals to the right spot or it doesn't. If not, recurrent dislocation. ...Read more

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I have a hamstring tendon avulsion. I've had physical therapy, but after six months it continues to hurt. What are my rehab options?

I have a hamstring tendon avulsion.  I've had physical therapy, but after six months it continues to hurt. What are my rehab options?

Eccentric training: The best evidence comes from norway which would suggest eccentric strengthening program where your hamstrings work while they are getting longer.....Example is kneeling then slowly lean forward. ...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


Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more