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A 34-year-old member asked:

what does it mean if your doctor tells you you have a chronic acl tear?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Acute versus chronic: An acute tear means that the acl tear recently occurred. In noncontact acl tears, this is typically associated with a bone bruise and a lateral meniscus tear (outside meniscus). After recovering from the tear, many people get back to a baseline state with a "chronic" (old) tear. It does not function like the original, but many patients can get by. A physical exam and/or MRI often shows this.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Depends: If the ligaments are lax, a combination of prolotherapy and stem cell treatments can help to get them strong again. Obviously, you will need to do your part in physical therapy and exercise in order to get the best results. Look into Regenexx, they have the best system for treating these things with stem cells and have different options. They even discuss optimal medicines and foods for healing

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Why is recovery time for an ACL injury so long?

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Can you get an ACL injury from anything besides sports?

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is running on a treadmill bad for me if I tore my ACL a year ago?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
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Not necessarily: As long as you have rehabed the musclesof your thighs (quads and hamstrings) running should not be a problem. Elliptical machines and bicycles may feel better though. If choosing to cycle, make sure the seat is adjusted propely - leg should almost fully extend when pedal is down, but the knee should not ever lock.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to heal from ACL reconstruction?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
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5-12 months, varies: This is highly variable depending on other injuries in the knee, the activity level you are returning to, and the type of surgery/graft choice used to replace your acl. In general, daily activities and sedentary work can be resumed in 2-6 weeks. Full healing of the graft varies from 6 months to 2 years. Most sports can be resumed at 6-9 months, but normal strength and function may take longer.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I strengthen my MCL and acl?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
You cannot: The mcl and acl ligaments are structures that develop on their own. They cannot be strengthened with exercises or training. You can, however, strengthen supporting muscles such as the quads and hamstrings that control motion through the knee.

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