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Dr. Feltman specializes in total hip and knee replacement. She enjoys improving the lives of her patients - getting them back to painless daily activities and a more active lifestyle. Dr. Feltman has a special interest in congenital dyplasia and works with younger patients to help them avoid a hip replacement later in life.
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- What is the difference between a strain, sprain or tear?
- In short, a strain is defined as a partial or complete tear in a muscle or tendon, while a sprain is a tear in a ligament. Patellar tendonitis, which involves a tear in the tendon connecting your kneecap to your shinbone, is an example of a strain. A sprained or torn ACL, on the other hand, involves a partial or complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.
- What are the different kinds of sprains and tears that can happen to my knee?
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL): Located in the center of the knee; controls rotation and forward movement of the tibia (shin bone).
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL): Located in the center of the knee; controls backward movement of the tibia (shin bone).
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL): Gives stability to the inner knee.
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL): Gives stability to the outer knee.
- Will I need surgery for a sprained knee?
- There's no denying that a torn ACL, or other knee ligament, is a serious injury. For many years, doctors treated these injuries as emergencies and tried to perform surgery as quickly as possible. But recently more surgeons have come to understand that there can be a benefit to waiting for the swelling to go down so that they can perform a closer examination of the knee.
- If I injured my knee, will I be able to play sports again?
- There is no one definite answer to this question. For a mild sprain, you may be able to start physical activity again in 2-6 weeks, as long as you closely follow your doctor's advice and a supervised rehabilitation program. For a complete ACL tear that requires surgery, you need to stay off the knee, and often wear a brace, for much longer. If the doctor determines that your knee is healing properly, you can begin some activities again in about 6 months.
- What are some exercises or stretches I can do to alleviate knee pain?
- While overuse injuries like IT band syndrome and patellar tendonitis can be frustrating, they can also be managed effectively with a series of stretches and strength-building exercises. If you are dealing with knee pain, stop running or other strenuous activities and focus on improving strength and flexibility.
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