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How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

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Dr. David Bloome
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Depends: If a complete acl tear is not surgically reconstructed, the injury never heals back together. Sometimes without surgery, patients have enough stability to function fairly well. Surgery is performed when indicated to reconstruct the torn ligament.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover completely from a anterior cruciate ligament injury?

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Dr. Scott Slattery
Sports Medicine 31 years experience
Variable time: If you choose non-operative treatment, usually within 6 wks the swelling will gone and the motion will be normal if you work at it. Regaining full strength may take several months. If you continue to play sports after this you may still have a very unstable knee as a complete acl tear does not heal. If surgery is chosen, the typical time for full safe return to sports is around 9 mos to 1 year.
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What are the best exercises to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
Hamstring exercises: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to stabilize the knee. The ACL keeps the shin bone from sliding forward (anteriorly) and the PCL keeps it from sliding backwards. When ACL is torn the shin bone will slide anteriorly. The hamstrings attach to the back of the knee and act as flexors, but will also help keep the shin bone from sliding forward.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How to treat anterior cruciate ligament injury quickly?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Diagnose the problem: Early and treat it properly.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What does it mean for walking when anterior cruciate ligament injury?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Difficulty: One can have pain with walking and especially going up and down steps. There may be decrease in range of motion, swelling, effusion. There may also be locking of knee and giving out of knee.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injury I should be looking for?

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Dr. Darren Corteen
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Instability: The hallmark of an acl deficient knee is instability or giving way of the knee with higher level activities involving cutting, jumping, pivoting, etc. Some individuals may experience this with routine day to day activities. The initial injury is often described as feeling a "pop" in the knee and followed by development of considerable swelling and variable pain.

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