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What is the definition or description of: ACL injury?

What is the definition or description of: ACL injury?

See below : The anterior crucial element ligament (ACL) is one of the primary stabilizers of the knee. When the ACL is torn, the knee can become quite unstable leading to difficulty participating in sports. Surgery for ACL tears typically involves replacing it with another ligament or tendon. ...Read more

Dr. Allen Lu
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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


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What are the signs of an ACL injury?

What are the signs of an ACL injury?

Instability: An acute acl injury typically presents with a swollen knee after an injury. A chronic tear may present with instability when trying to cut or pivot. Typically the knee will "give way" when trying to do sports. ...Read more

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Would an ACL injury keep me from the army?

Would an ACL injury keep me from the army?

Possibly: "History of uncorrected anterior (717.83) or posterior (717.84) cruciate ligament injury is disqualifying." See: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/extremities2.htm ...Read more

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How to deal with my ACL injury?

How to deal with my ACL injury?

Protect 'til surgery: Hopefully you have an isolated acl tear. You should avoid impact aerobic activities and any cutting activities until your torn acl is reconstructed. Surgery can be performed as soon as your knee appears/feels happy- decreased swelling, return of motion and good quadriceps (thigh muscle) strength. This can be anywhere from several days to several weeks. ...Read more

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Could an old ACL injury be repaired?

Possibly.: If your knee has not developed arthritis, then there's a good chance that it could be reconstructed. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix a severe ACL injury?

What can I do to fix a severe ACL injury?

Up to You: Usually it depends on how big the tear is or if the ACL is retracted or not. Check out Regenexx.Com for more info regarding Stem Cell therapy for ACL repair if you want to avoid surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take ACL injury to heal?

How long does it take  ACL injury to heal?

Torn ACL won't heal: A torn acl will not heal routinely unless it is a nondisplaced bony avulsion that is acutelt identified and treated as though it were just reconstructed. Most torn acls result in pain and instability with activities that require a rapid rotation or pvioting maneuver and end up need a reconstructinve surgery to replace the torn ligament with a graft. ...Read more

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How long can an ACL injury take to recover?

7to9 months with reh: With proper rehab, properly fitted acl brace, physical therapy with strengthening exercise and rehab following surgery. ...Read more

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Why is recovery time for an ACL injury so long?

Why is recovery time for an ACL injury so long?

Graft maturation: Besides regaining motion and strength after ACL reconstruction, your knee takes a long time to fully recover because the graft that is used to replace your torn ligament needs to incorporate into the bony sockets drilled to hold the graft. The graft also takes time to literally become a ligament. Cutting sports are usually not recommended until after the 4th to 6th month after surgery. ...Read more

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Does it take long to recover from a ACL injury?

Does it take long to recover from a ACL injury?

6 months.: Our protocol, regardless of what graft is used, allows one to return to all activities, including sports, at 6 months post-operatively. ...Read more

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How long will recovery time be for an ACL injury?

How long will recovery time be for an ACL injury?

6 months.: Assuming you have surgery to reconstruct your torn ACL, you would be cleared for all activities, including sports, 6 months after surgery. ...Read more

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Sex issues after ACL injury so what should we do?

Sex issues after ACL injury so what should we do?

Yes be carefull: You can have sex but have to be careful you dont cause strain on your affected knee you may use a position in which knee does cause instability of the affected knee like twisting motion or knee bending backwards, and avoid jerky movements and use the acl fitted brace if possible try various positions to find the one you can give the least stress like on side etc, and move the affected knee as little. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an ACL injury?

3-6 months: Most patients are walking well by 3 months. I allow patients to return to preinjury activities at 6 months with a sports brace. Full recovery with incorporation of the graft takes 2 yrs. ...Read more

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How would i be able to tell if I have an ACL injury?

See below: Instability or increased laxity with certain physical manipulations during exam of the knee can suggest an acl injury. See you doctor for an evaluation and if your doc is unsure, seeing orthopedics and/or getting an MRI of the knee can confirm this. ...Read more

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How long would it take to recover from an ACL injury?

Usu. 6-12 months: It usually takes an average of 6 months to 1 year to the patient is again fully functional. ...Read more

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How long does it take for an ACL injury to fully heal?

How long does it take for an ACL injury to fully heal?

Usually doesn't.: If you've torn your ACL, it usually does not heal itself. The swelling from the injury may go down, but you're still left with a torn ACL. See an ortrhopedic sports medicine knee surgeon, who can advise you if surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Alicia Mohr
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Critical Injury (Definition)

A critical injury (life-threatening injury) is a condition in which a person has a severe injury that has caused or can cause death, paralysis, or major disability. Examples include gunshot wounds to the head, chest, or abdomen; knife wounds to any major artery, chest, or abdomen; large burns; severed limbs; multiple fractures ...Read more


Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
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Life Threatening Injury (Definition)

A life-threatening injury (critical injury) is a condition in which a person has a severe injury that has caused or can cause death, paralysis, or major disability. Examples include gunshot wounds to the head, chest, or abdomen; knife wounds to any major artery, chest, or abdomen; large burns; severed limbs; multiple fractures ...Read more