Ligament Tear

A ligament tear occurs when there is a sudden stop, lift, twist or blow to a particular ligament. Ligaments are more prone to tear, and athletes and older people are commonly affected. When the ligament is torn, there is pain, discomfort, and swelling. The ability of the ligament to heal completely depends on the amount of damage. Combination therapy of bracing, physiotherapy, heat application, and medications help in healing. When the extent of tear is greater than surgery is suggested.

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Should I get autograft or allograft for AC joint surgery?

Query: Hi doctor,I got my AC joint separated while mountain biking. It is grade 5. I am getting surgery and I want to know whether I should use an autograft (hamstring) or an allograft from a cadaver. I am very active in outdoor adventures and sports.Thanks for your help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Goel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your injury. The good news is that there are many modalities available for AC joint injuries (acromioclavicular joint), which are showing promising results. Type five injuries constitute tears of the two important ligaments in the shoulder regi...  Read Full »

I had an ankle sprain and was diagnosed with phase three ligament injury. How much time will it take to completely heal the ligament?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an ankle sprain and I also visited our nearest hospital. They said that it is a ligament injury maybe the third phase. How much time will it take to completely heal the ligament?  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good that you went for a check-up. Did you get an MRI? A ligament injury can be confirmed by MRI. For any ankle ligament injury, you have to get the plaster to immobilize the ankle that will automatically heal the damaged ligament. If you do not immobilize the ...  Read Full »

I have pain in my back radiating to my hips. Can it be due to a torn ligament?

Query: Hello doctor, About four weeks ago, I hurt my back, lifting weights. I went to my chiropractor, who has never been wrong in 12 years. He assures me there is no disk rupture. I forget what he calls it; some joint failure. He would not call it a sprain. I have pain seemingly originating a couple to t...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the location of the dot, it looks like it is your sacroiliac joint. However, it can also be a muscle strain, a tear of a muscle, or a ligament. Treatment in the acute phase is more or less the same with rest, ice application, muscle relaxants, myofascial release...  Read Full »

How to know if my ligaments are torn after a minor accident?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife recently got an MRI of her left knee after a soccer accident. We want someone to take a look and let us know if they are any ligament damage or anything concerning. Last year she dislocated her patella on the same leg, and we are worried it is worse this time but would like a prof...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing to us. I hope your wife is not in much pain. I have reviewed the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) knee scan images (cine mode) (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), and the following is my interpretation. MRI Left Knee scan: 1...  Read Full »

I sprained my ankle very badly and got cast for one week. When will I be able to walk normally?

Query: Hi doctor, Last week I sprained my ankle very badly, and it was swollen. I thought it popped out, but luckily it was not. I got an X-ray, and nothing was broken. I got a cast, and yesterday it was removed and replaced with a bandage. I still walk using walking sticks, and it is still swollen. I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ankle joint injuries without any evidence of bony injury in the X-rays are mostly soft tissue or ligamentous injuries. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the ankle and foot would be the best investigation for knowing the exact location of tendons or soft tissues. Swel...  Read Full »

There is a popping sound from my right knee after a fall. Do I require surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,I slipped and fell on my right knee, and there was a popping sound from the knee. I consulted a doctor, and he suggested MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). After looking at the report, he suggested a minor surgery because, as per the report few of the knee ligaments are torn. I have atta...  Read Full »

Dr. Saseendar. S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You have not mentioned one important piece of information. How long back was the injury, and what treatment did you take so far? I reviewed your MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) report (attachments removed to protect t...  Read Full »

What is the reason for persistent pain in my shoulder since 15 weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, For 15 weeks, I have had persistent pain in my shoulder. Yesterday, I had an MRI scan and arthrogram. I am sharing the reports for your reference. Kindly suggest the treatment. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your pain. I have reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). However, you did not mention the reason, was it caused due to trauma or sports? The following findings have been noted in your reports: Rotator ...  Read Full »

Can you please tell me if my MRI reports suggest permanent damage to my arm?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an injury in an automobile accident. Please address if this is a permanent injury. I have an MRI and medical examination. Since the accident, I can no longer sleep on the left side or use the left arm under normal conditions without pain.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through all the six attachments including the MRI report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The MRI showed the presence of a partial thickness tear high-grade or tendonitis. This normally results in a painful elevation of the shoulder above...  Read Full »

Why do I have acute pain in my right knee?

Query: Hello doctor, I have acute pain on the right side of my right knee. I am not able to walk as usual. The local doctor diagnosed it as a ligament tear. He suggested to take rest and wear a knee pad. One month is over, and there is no improvement seen yet. There is also little swelling and pain. I am n...  Read Full »

Dr. Palani Kumar Chellamuthu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have not mentioned your age, profession, and how you developed the pain (like after a slip or after a fall or just by itself). When you have a limp that has not settled over one month and you do not have balance when you walk then it is not normal. You have to be p...  Read Full »

I have numbness on the center of my shoulder near my elbow after a dislocation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38 year old female. My height is 5 feet and 9 inches, and I weigh 130 lbs. I am a professional dancer. I dislocated my left shoulder while dancing. I had to make a move that involved throwing the arms out and across the body to the right side sharply and quickly. It popped ou...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What you described was a dislocation of the shoulder joint and a reduction on its own. When the relocation of this forearm head in the joint cavity does not happen on its own, we try to reduce it again in the joint cavity with some maneuvering, and immobilize it with ...  Read Full »

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