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10-25-2010 @ 7:32PM
@tharveyyorkshire What you are referring to is called an avulsion fracture. That is where the bone comes off with the ligament. And we can refer to his ligamental damage as a rupture if you want, but that seems a bit much. Also, coming from a medical perspective, working with athletes all week, working with orthopaedic surgeons, and being exposed to orthopaedics for 20 years, tear is a perfectly acceptable term and is used most when referring to ligament injuries, next to sprain. Also, in textbooks you will see the different grades of tear referred to as Grade I "tear" up to a Grade III+ "tear".@xowarbird69ox That is true, not all tears are repaired surgically. However, when talking about surgery for knee ligaments, they are usually referring to the ACL, MCL, and LCL. But you make a good point.
10-25-2010 @ 7:33PM
wtb edit button this is referring to an earlier post.
10-25-2010 @ 7:54PM
Usually if you are getting surgery for a knee ligament these days, it's for the ACL. PCL and LCL injuries are usually treated conservatively, although some do require surgery. Where I work, it is almost unheard of to have an MCL repaired by surgery. Even in grade III very bad tears, MCL's are often left alone to heal with therapy and conservative measures. The only time I've ever even heard of MCL work is in conjuction with ACL/medial meniscus "unhappy triad" situations.Spot on about everything else. Tear is the appropriate term.p.s. Comment system boss wins again!
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