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A 46-year-old female asked:

full thickness acl tear --- most common treatment ?

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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Complete ACL tear: Consider arthroscopic acl reconstruction. Check with your orthopedic surgeon to coordinate bracing, timing, and rehab.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Depends: If the ACL has not retracted, it may heal on its own, sometimes it does not. When it does not, then physical therapy and braces can be used to strengthen the knee overall. If you are not a very active person this may be just fine, however ACL replacement surgery is an option. If you do not want surgery than stem cell therapy can be used to heal tissues/ligements. Check out Regenexx.Com.
Dr. Scott Graham
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
PT or Surgery: Depending upon your activities and lifestyle, most people will likely undergo surgery to reconstruct the ligament as it will not heal. If you do not do any turning, twisting, or changing direction sports, you may be able to "cope" with a torn ACL and should start with a physical therapy program and possibly a brace.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Why is recovery time for an ACL injury so long?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
ACl heals upto 9 mo: When you have ACL reconstruction, a new ligament is created and held in your knee with screws or other fixation devices. The ACL then has to heal in this position in order to withstand repetitive stresses associated with sports activities. The problem with any type of ACL graft fixation method is that, if repeatedly stressed before the graft has healed in position, the fixation will fail.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you get an ACL injury from anything besides sports?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Sure: Unfortunately, something as simple as slipping upon an ice patch or stepping in a pothole with the knee twisting the wrong way can cause ACL injuries.
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
Family Medicine 19 years experience
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
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
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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