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Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Acl Tear (Definition)

A ligament connects bone to bone. So if you have a torn ACL, there result is instability between the two bones that ...Read more


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How to care for a torn acl?

How to care for a torn acl?

Often surgery: If you do pivoting or cutting sports, surgery is typically recommended. Conservative treatment such as strengthening is an option is you don't engage in cutting sports

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Is it ok to snorkel with torn acl?

Is it ok to snorkel with torn acl?

Should be fine: No problem. If worried consider a stabilizing brace while snorkeling. Just maker sure brace can be in water without any issues.

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What are the symptoms of a torn acl?

What are the symptoms of a torn acl?

Acl tears: Pain with swelling along with feelings of instability r the most common symptoms associated with torn Acl. Usually one will also have experienced some type of trauma as I these don't tear typically with aging

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Advice in healing a torn acl?

Advice in healing a torn acl?

ACL: Depends upon the results you are desiring and the extent of the injury. Partial tears in patients who are not looking for high performance in sports or at work may do well with physical therapy focusing on strengthening of the quadriceps muscle. If you are desiring return to a high level of joint performance or if it is a full thickness tear, surgery likely gives you the best result

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Is it possible to run on a torn ACL?

Yes: However you may need a stabilizing brace to prevent other damage to the knee.

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Will heat help heal a partially torn acl?

Will heat help heal a partially torn acl?

Superficially: It might help, but probably won't get deep into the knee. It's not going to do anything to help heal the ACL at all. Usually it depends on how big the tear is or if the ACL is retracted or not. If not planning surgery, check out Regenexx. Com for more info regarding Stem Cell therapy for ACL repair.

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What does it mean to have a torn ACL injury?

What does it mean to have a torn ACL injury?

Torn=ripped a part: Acl=anterior-cruciate-ligament. This is a tough ligament connecting the upper back of knee to lower front of knee (see pic). A torn acl means a tear--which could be partial or complete. Complete-tear = totally ripped a part as shown here. It is an important ligament in knee, especially for active folks, like athletes. If you are very active, consider have it repaired. Consult doc. Good luck.

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Does a partially torn ACL require major surgery?

Does a partially torn ACL require major surgery?

Depends: Partial acl tears needs to be tailored to your individual situation depending on age, activity level, and instability. Plus, 1) a complete acl does not always need surgery, 2) a partial acl may be completely stable or may be completely unstable, 3) an acl reconstruction can be a relatively minor surgery when performed well. I recommend asking a sports medicine orthopedist that earns your trust.

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Are there rehab exercises can I do for a torn acl?

Are there rehab exercises can I do for a torn acl?

Yes: Get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon who will refer you to a physical therapist. Pt will work with you on best exercises to strengthen the knee without further damage. This will optimize your function whether or not the next step is surgery.

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Is it normal for someone to be walking with a torn acl?

Is it normal for someone to be walking with a torn acl?

Yes: It is completely normal and typical to be walking normally with a torn acl. The acl functions in keeping the knee from rotation and shifting. Walking and straight ahead running do not involve stressing the knee enough for the acl to become necessary for stability. Planting and cutting on the affected knee would be less likely after tearing an acl.

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Could you heal from a torn ACL without getting surgery?

Could you heal from a torn ACL without getting surgery?

Acl does not heal: Acl tears do not heal on their own. Suergry is usually recomended for young active people. However, not everyone with an acl tear needs surgery. They are those who are sedentary, don't have gross instability of the knee with activities of daily living, and those without other injuries to the knee such as meniscus tears. About 10% are copers and can return to sports such as skiing.

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What activities can I do with a torn ACL before surgery?

What activities can I do with a torn ACL before surgery?

Prehab: The most important focus of the "pre-hab" stage prior to surgery is on your range of motion, quadriceps strength and hamstring flexibility. Your surgeon may suggest formalized physical therapy to assist in these exercise progressions.

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What exercises can I do with a torn acl? Is running okay?

What exercises can I do with a torn acl? Is running okay?

Depends: If there is instability will be difficult to run without acl. Can use brace and this may be helpful. Gym exercises, swimming, biking, elliptical may all be possible without acl.

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Can you explain if it's possible to walk with a torn acl?

Can you explain if it's possible to walk with a torn acl?

Yes: Depends on the time from the injury and the amount of swelling after the injury but most people will be able to walk (without aids) a week or two after tearing their acl esp. If the acl tear is not associated w/ other imjuries (mcl tears, meniscus tears, etc). See an ors who is board certified and a knee specialist. Best of luck!

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Is surgery needed to fix a torn ACL or is there another way?

Is surgery needed to fix a torn ACL or is there another way?

Yes: Unfortunately, an acl cannot heal on its own. Once torn, the acl can scar back down, but cannot function like the original acl. Because of this, knees with persistent instability require acl reconstructions to restore function. Some patients can get by without acls if they limit all cutting and rotation activities through the knee. Others will have persistent impairment.

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How long can I use the stationary bike if I have a torn acl?

How long can I use the stationary bike if I have a torn acl?

@ 26 U should B -: -thinking of reconstruction, not how long U can ride a stationary bike. U should B able 2 ride as long as U R able & not aggravate Ur knee.

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What is the easiest way for someone to get a torn ACL injury?

What is the easiest way for someone to get a torn ACL injury?

Twisting motion: At the knee, especially with cutting motions in soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, etc. Other ways of injuring ACL is when someone runs into your knee on the outside, causing a MCL, meniscus and ACL injuries.

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Which type of surgery would work best for me for my torn acl?

Which type of surgery would work best for me for my torn acl?

Patellar tendon: If you are 34 and active athletically I prefer autologous patellar tendon graft (using your own kneecap tendon). Older individuals w/ instability symptoms after an acl tear --- prefer allograft. Some surgeons will offer a hamstring (quad. Looped) for your case. I still believe endoscopic acl reconstruction w/ your own patellar tendon gives the best results long term. Discuss w/ surgeon. Good luck!

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How long does it take to fully recover from a torn ACL injury?

How long does it take to fully recover from a torn ACL injury?

Well: After any surgery, it takes time to heal from it. Most people with ACL repair surgeries will take 3-4 months to feel like the knee feels stable and stronger as the graft sets in. It can take up to 9 months to fully heal. Following your doctor's orders are key and when rehab starts follow it to a T. You will do just fine. If you are concerned talk to your doctor. Check Regenexx. Com

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