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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can the knee's acl and pcl ligament injuries heal naturally?

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Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 37 years experience
Acl/pcl healing: If an acl and PCL tear these ligaments do not typically heal; this is due in part to the synovial environment in which these ligaments reside as well as the demand that is exacted on these ligaments. Whether one is symptomatic with these injuries is in large part measured by the degree of activity in which a patient participates in and the number of hours one is actively engaged.
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Dr. Rick Pospisil
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Acl /pcl: Most of the supportive structures within the knee can not heal as they lack a good blood supply. Thus ,both Acl/ pcl , medial ,lateral meniscus, and the articular surfaces don't / can't heal on their own
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Generally not.: If theyre completely torn, they generally cannot heal , and need surgical reconstruction
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A 43-year-old member asked:

What can I do for my knee ligament injuries (acl, mcl, pcl) to make the surround areas stronger?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: Strengthen the surrounding muscles of the knee as well as you can. This will help keep the injured ligaments in place due to the increased muscle tone surround the knee. Obviously, the older you are , the harder and longer this may take. See your orthopedist and physical therapists for more help.
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