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How can you recover from a torn ligament in the knee without surgery?

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Dr. Kevin Stone
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Depends: The knee joint requires ligament integrity for normal stability and function. The extent of the instability can be determined by your doctor who would then assess if surgery is required. Orthopedic surgeons take into account the amount of instability and the activity level of the person to determine if surgery is required.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Ligament dependent: Many ligaments are part of your knee. Ligaments that have a reasonable chane to heal with appropriate non operative management, include: PCL (mandates bracing); mcl, some mpfl (medial patlellofemoral ligament). The ACL and lcl usually required an augmented repair or an anatomical reconstruction?
Dr. David Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on ligament: Some ligament injuries will heal with non operative treatment. This depends on which ligament and how severe an injury occurred. The medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments may heal with protectice bracing for 4-6 weeks if they involve a partial tear and no other damage. Complete tearing of a ligament will often be associated with other knee damage. Mri can often tell.

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