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A 17-year-old female asked:

I played soccer with a torn acl and lateral meniscus for 3 months and didn't have any trouble. are there any consequences that i could have later on?

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Dr. Jason Waterman
Sports Medicine 17 years experience
Absolutely : Athletes with torn ACL's are at significantly higher risk of injuring other structures in the knee due to instability including other ligaments, meniscus tears, and cartilage damage. Your meniscus tear also puts you at higher risk for arthritis later in life. Athletes who are still playing should have ACL reconstruction surgery. You should see an orthopedic surgeon asap.
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