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Sports Injuries Questions & Answers

Knee Pain (Patellar Tendonitis) Exercie & Rehabilitation

Bad Knees asks: "I work as a firefighter and have chronic Patellar Tendonitis. I'm a 34 year old weekend warrior as well (basketball mostly, biking, running, etc). My knees hurt from just daily activities. I take NSAIDs and haved applied ice 1 - 2 times each day for about 2 weeks with no relief. I have not played any ball either. What can I do for cardio that will not worsen my knee condition and what type of self-therapy/rehab can I do to strengthen my knees?"
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Dislocating Knee (Subluxing Patella)

Sarah in Mirfield, England asks: "I have a condition called subluxing patella. I also have a torn meniscus cartilage. My problem is not due to an injury as I have been able to 'dislocate or sublux' my knee from an early age. Over the past five years this has got extremely worse (it also comes with a very loud cracking sound). My knee will dislocate anything from 15-30 times a day. I have Hypermobility syndrome although I have no other real problems but the knee. My knee is totally unstable, and restricts everything I do. I have some questions about this and was hoping you could help."
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Ankle Strengthening Following Broken Ankle

Ashley in England asks: "I recently had an operation after breaking part of my Tibia in the ankle. I have had two pins placed into the bone. The injury was to the inside of my ankle and I have now had a cast on for 3 weeks. I am due to have another cast put on next week. I understand it is normal for a cast to stay on for about 8 weeks depending on how well the bone fuses. The doctor said the best physio would be to move my foot around myself and get the joint functional again. As a keen footballer I just wanted to know whether you have dealt with cases like this before and the time scale involved in building my ankle back to full strength and the best techniques for that."
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Physio Treatment for Knee Pain from Ilio Tibial Band Syndrome

Nick in Sheffied, England asks: "I am a keen runner and have recently completed a couple of marathons. During the training for the last one I noticed a pain over the outside of my left knee which the doctor has said is Ilio Tibial Band Friction Syndrome. He has advised me to rest. What is the physio treatment for this?"
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Fitness Tests following Calf Strain Injury

Griffo in Sydney, Australia asks: "I have a star point guard who has been out for 5 weeks with a calf strain and he believes he is ready to return. I have been told I need to put him through a skills test to see if he can return to play. Can you suggest a suitable test?"
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Physiotherapy Exercises following a Broken Wrist (Scaphoid Fracture)

Stuart in Norwich, England asks: "I broke my scaphoid bone. It's healed but I still dont have full mobility in it. Could you advise on any physio exercises I can do."
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Exercises for Knee Pain caused by Patello-Femoral Syndrome

Miranda in London, England asks: "I get knee pain when I attempt to exercise and my physio says it is Patello-Femoral syndrome. She has tried taping it, but I still get pain. Are there any exercises that will take my pain away?"
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Exercises for Wrist Pain & Thumb Pain

Geoff in Leeds, England asks: "I have had pain on the inside of my wrists and thumbs for many years and an x-ray has shown there is degeneration in the joints. Are there any exercises I can do that will help me?"
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Exercises to Strengthen the Rotator Cuff Muscles in the Shoulder

Brian in Wiltshire, England asks: "Since childhood I have had frequent subluxations in both shoulders which I can pop back in. An orthopaedic specialist told me that my rotator cuff muscles were extremely weak and advised me to strengthen these with the physio. Could you suggest some exercises that might help me?"
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Strengthening Exercises for a Broken Leg

Gerry in Kent, England asks: "I broke my tibia and fibula just above the ankle almost nine months ago. It was fixed with an intermedullary nail. I had some x-rays at six months and my surgeon has given me the OK to return to football. However, I feel like I can’t push off so strongly on the leg that was broken. Could you suggest some exercises to help?"
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Biceps Tendon Tear Surgery & Recovery

Bob in Choctow, Oklahoma asks: "I was lifting a very heavy weight and heard a pop in my lower bicep area. I've been told that it is probably a tendon tear. I can still move my arm up and down, but I have lost a significant amount of strength.  There was a small amount of swelling at the crook of my arm and there was bruising from my wrist to mid upper arm. Will this require surgery to repair? How long is the recovery? I work out with free weights about 3 times a week."
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Pain Relief for Lower Back Pain

Paul in Merthyr Tydfyl, Wales asks: "I have a sports injury to my lower back. My chiropractor tells me that my symptoms present as classic SI joint trouble. I have been having treatment for several weeks which involves manipulation of the SI joint and related soft tissue and while this certainly helps, the relief is short-lived - the piercing pain always returns with a vengeance. Should I continue with the treatment? What are the alternatives?"
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Rehabilitation Exercises following a Calf Strain

Caroline in Bromsgrove, England asks: "I am a tennis player and have strained a muscle in my calf (inner side rather than outer), which is sufficiently painful to make me unable to put my heel down when I walk. My questions are: How will I know when to start the stretching exercises? What stretching exercises should I do? How will I know when to start taking weight bearing exercise?"
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Pars Fracture Healing & Surgery

Jo in Washington, USA asks: "Could you give me some idea of how long it takes for a stress fracture in the pars L5 to heal? My daughter has been out of soccer since 2/23 (3 months) and the Doctor said it may never heal. Does this happen? Is there any type of surgery that is commonly successful if it does not heal?"
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Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Hip Replacement

Angela in London, England asks: "I am sixty years old and have been diagnosed as having osteoarthritis of the hip. I would like to put off having a hip replacement for as long as possible. Which exercises will be best for my condition?"
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Back Pain & Sciatica caused by Spinal Stenosis

RH in Glossop, England asks: "The specialist has said that my mother's back pain is caused by spinal stenosis. She has had sciatica for some years now. What is the treatment - will she need an operation?"
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Can Spondylolysthesis cause Complications During Pregnancy?

Sue in Dorset, England asks: "After suffering with back pain since my teens I was recently diagnosed with Grade III spondylolisthesis. My husband and I are thinking of starting a family. Could my injury cause any complications during the pregnancy?"
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CAT Scan, MRI Scan and Myelogram for Back Pain & Leg Pain

Simon in England asks: "I have just returned from long awaited appointment with a neurosurgeon - I have had back pain which goes down my leg for nearly two years. He is sending me for an MRI scan and CT scan, and a myelogram. He didn't explain exactly what these were and I felt a bit stupid asking as he seemed to be in a hurry. Could you tell me more about these tests?"
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Back Pain Relief with Trigger Point Injections & Intramuscular Stimulation

Andrew in England asks: "A pain specialist suggests Trigger Point Injections or Intramuscular stimulation for my longstanding back pain. Could you explain more about this before I have it done?"
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Exercises for Ankle Strengthening

Phil in England asks: "Since a young age I have always had weak ankles due to repeated sprains. This problem seems to have persisted. What sort of excercise can I do to strengthen the ankles?"
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Knee Pain when Running

Carol in Scotland asks: "I have a hole on the weight bearing part of my knee in my articular cartilage. I love running three to four times a week, but when I try to run faster it flares up so bad that I can not put any weight on it for days. When it settles I can run again. Could you tell me what treatment options I have? Should I give up running for good to prevent long term damage?"
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Medial Knee Ligament Tear

William in Northern Ireland asks: "I've torn my medial ligament and stretched my anterior cruciate ligament on the inner part of my knee. I was wondering if I will tear my cruciate now that I have stretched it?"
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Physical Therapy for Repeated Shoulder Dislocation and Weakness

Tim in Japan asks: "I play football and am a goalkeeper. When I was 14 I dislocated my shoulder. Ever since then it has been extremely weak and regularly comes out of joint during minor activities. I can't have an operation as I am currently living abroad in Japan but I would like to start playing football again and start Karate. Is there any way that I can regain full usage of my shoulder with physical therapy?"
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TENS Units for Back Pain Relief

Frank in Florida asks: "I have been told that a Transdermal Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit can help with my back pain. Could you explain how these things work?"
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Back Pain due to Degenerative Disc Disease

Alfie in London asks: "I have back pain which my doctor has said is due to degenerative disc disease. He also said that I may require surgery later. Could you explain more about this please?"
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Weight Training for Young Football Players

Todd in Virginia asks: "I am the coach of a youth soccer team. Could you tell me when the best time to start using weight training is for young players?"
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Conservative Treatment of Disc Prolapse & Back Pain

Verantha in India asks: "I have been told I have a disc prolapse that should improve with conservative treatment. Could you explain what this means? Will I always have back pain?"
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Avoiding Back Pain and Neck Pain Whilst Working at a Computer

Karim in London asks: "Could you provide some advice to prevent back and neck pain while I'm working on the computer?"
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Football Team Fitness Training

Tony in Sussex asks: "My football team is getting ready for the new season. What sort of training should we be doing to make sure we are fit?"
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Can a Torn Mensicus Heal without Surgery?

Josh in NSW Australia asks: "I have torn my meniscus. Is there any way that this can heal without having surgery?"
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Surgery for a Lower Back Stress Fracture

Rena in North Carolina asks: "Is it wise to have an operation for a lower back stress fracture at this stage?"
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