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Ligaments
Posted by: Tim
Date: January 22, 2002 8:04 PM

I was reading through your site, and I'm glad to see you promote exercise as means of preventing arthritis. I noticed you stated that ligaments do not repair. From my training, I was informed that ligaments do in fact repair, that they are living tissue, just as innervated bone repairs. Here are the studies that provide evidence that this is factual. The studies include the work of Madden (1968), Hunt (1979), Salter (1980), Carlstedt (1989), Lennox (1993), and Hunter (1994).



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RE: Ligaments
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 22, 2002 9:47 PM

Thanks for the references. It depends on the severity of the damage. If the blood supply to the connective tissue in question is damaged and does not regenerate, then whatever was downstream from that blood supply does not, obviously, repair itself. Clinically, if a few months after an injury there is no progress toward healing (a not uncommon occurance), the ultimate prognosis for repair without intervention is very poor and prolotherapy is indicated. Prolo should not be done until at least three months has passed without improvement.



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RE: Ligaments
Posted by: Tim
Date: January 23, 2002 7:12 AM

Yes, I do agree with you in that aspect. Intervention would be needed depending on the degree of severity. Thank you, and keep up the good work.



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