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acl tear symptoms ?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Pop, swelling: An acl tear classically involves either a hyperextension or valgus contact (blow to outside of knee)mechanism of injury. Symptoms include hearing or feeling a 'pop' in the knee w/ immediate pain. Significant swelling ( hemarthrosis) w/in 24 hrs.Of the injury is common. Sometimes a feeling of 'looseness' is felt if the patient walks after the injury.An exam by an experienced ors will confirm.
Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 48 years experience
ACL tear symptoms : Pain and instability of knee joint.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Instability.: Usually one notices knee instability , or a sense of the knee buckling, with an ACL tear.There could be swelling and pain involved as well.
Dr. Pietro Seni
Dr. Pietro Seni commented
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
I believe one important sign is knee swelling(hemarthrosis) that occurs almost immediately after the injury
Feb 26, 2015
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Common symptoms: Include instability with lateral of twisting movement. Often people will say their knee just feels weak or loose or mushy. Catching and locking can be symptoms as well as significant swelling initially. Usually is a result of a non contact twisting injury to the knee. Often people will say they heard or felt a pop.

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If I have an ACL tear, will I ever be able to play competitive football again?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
It depends.: If you have an ACL tear you should have it reconstructed or avoid playing contact sports. Even with a good ACL brace, the knee is prone to instability wtih pivoting and cutting. When this occurs the knee subluxes and the meniscus can be torn increasing the risk of arthritis later on. If the ACL is reconstructed, the knee will never be the same as it was, but you can play with less risk.
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Is it possible to continue playing rugby with an ACL tear?

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Dr. Scott Wenger
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Instability: The ACL is essential for rotational and translational stability in cutting/pivoting sports like rugby. If the ACL is completely torn, playing rugby would be very difficult due to instability. Occasionally one can return to sport with a diligent and comprehensive rehab program and external bracing, but further injury such as a meniscus tear due to an instability episode is a distinct possibility.
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How do you know the difference between a full and partial ACL tear?

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Dr. Allen Lu
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Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Examination: A full acl tear is unable resist rotational and anterior (frontal) forces that we can test for during a physical exam. A partial acl tear should feel the same as a normal acl or a touch looser. Whether to reconstruct an acl should not be based on an MRI finding. It should be based on individual activity level and demands. It should be tailored to your individual knee and situation.
A 36-year-old member asked:

If I have a partial ACL tear, can I still play rec-league basketball?

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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Partial ACL: Yes you can play with a partial acl tear but you should protect your knee with an acl specific brace. Your ability to play also depends on the percentage of your tear and how much muscle tone you have in the leg.
A 42-year-old member asked:

One doctor says partial tear, different doctor says ACL tear all the way through. What should I do with these conflicting diagnoses?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Mri?: I would get a good reading on the mri to see how much of the ligament is torn obviously a complete tear might require a reconstruction while a partial tear may not.

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