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A 20-year-old male asked:

grade1 acl injury with mild effusion. been on rehab from past 6 weeks. swelling have almost receded, how much more rest before return back to sports.

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Dr. James Flanagan
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 48 years experience
ACL strain: Your return to activities depends on your range of motion, strength, and stability about your knee. You should consult with your physical therapist and your physician regarding your status to return to your activity or sport.
Dr. Leslie Leighton
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Ease into sports: Looks like you are healing and would take it easy until the joint swelling is gone. Risk for re-injury with too much activity is great.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
I agree: A progressive return to full activity is best. Have your physical therapist take you through a return to play progression including sport specific activities. Under the guidance of your pt and physician you should be returned to athletics soon!
Dr. Mark Dodson
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Need to be pain free: I would be sure you have an acl injury and not a mcl injury. Very different treatments and prognosis. Partial acl injuries are very rare and most are complete.

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