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Can You Play Football With A Torn Acl If You Use A Brace And Are Careful
Yes: At age 47 I'm assuming you are playing recreational football. If you have a well-fitted functional acl brace (don-joy defiance for example)and no other intrarticular injuries (meniscus tear) then u can try to play. Test it first by doing some hard 'cutting' on it at home or your local park. If it feels like its going to "give way' then u shouldn't play and possibly consider having it reconstucted.!
Not Recommended: Football is a contact sport. The risk of sustaining a subluxation (partial dislocation) event is high with cutting and pivoting. When this happens further damage can occur to the knee in terms of meniscal tears, cartilage damage, and tears of other ligaments. A brace won't protect you.See 2 more doctor answers
It's Possible: 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. Obviously 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. If surgery not planned consider Regenexx Stem Cell Therapies.See 1 more doctor answer
My 17 yr old son tore his ACL and wants to play football. Ss it reasonable to play with a torn acl?
Risks worse injury: Playing with a torn ACL in sports that require cutting and rapid changes of direction is not generally recommended. The intact or reconstructed ACL allows a return to such sports, but more importantly, protects against further meniscal or cartilage damage. Your son risks further irreparable damage to his meniscii and joint cartilage if he tries to play with a torn acl.See 1 more doctor answer
I've got a completely torn ACL. I'm 16 and 5"9. I want to play football. But 3 docs said that I can't play even after surgery. Can you help me doc?
Don't chance it: Unless you want to be on crutches the rest of your life, do not play football after the surgery.
Possbly: If the brace prevents the shifting sensation of the knee during participation then one could play. It is not a guarantee that more damage may occur while you play, particularly to the meniscus.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on position: Unless you are playing as a lineman, who are prone to mcl injuries, a football players should not typically where braces, even after an acl reconstruction. The braces and sleeves will inhibit quad activity and can make a knee worse. If you have an acl tear without having undergone reconstruction, football is not recommended at all. Braces do not protect rotation of the knee from an acl tear.
Most likely: You should be able to consider this activity between 6 months to 1 year after surgery. The graft should be adequately incorporated by 6 months, but you must work with therapy to regain leg strength. Strength is the most protective mechanism against re-injury. If you do not feel adequately strong, then continue working in the gym before returning to your sport.
Nephew just tore his acl last week, with small meniscus tears, playing football and was cleared to play this week with a brace. Is this possible?
Acl tears: Yes, however there are risks involved like sustaining more damage to the knee. It is well established that the brace will not prevent further injury
Yes and no: This means you could play but you are taking a risk of further damaging the knee more.
Not recommended: Any acl brace does not provide protection at physiologic loads.
I've torn my ACL but still play football every now and then. Recently I twisted my knee while running & cutting & suffered same symptoms as first time?
Common with torn ACL: If your ACL is still torn or re-torn after a surgery, you will get the feeling your knee is giving out during running, cutting and twisting activities such as soccer, football, basketball, etc. It is not uncommon with a chronic ACL tear to develop arthritis or meniscus (cartilage) tears. You should see a medical provider to determine if an MRI is required to assess for a recent injury.
I did ACL surgery 4yrs ago, I did a second one 8 month ago and I've knee roughness. Can I still play football or it can cause to me futur problems?
It depends: The majority of patients with acl tears have other damage to the knee at the time of the injury- either a mensical tear, bone bruise or damage to the cartilage that covers the femur or tibia. One's ability to return to sports must be individualized- how much pathology remains in the knee after acl surgery?, how effective was post-op rehab? - did you achieve full rom, your baseline strength, etc.
8-9 months: Although the time before your surgeon let's you return to sports varies, any pivoting sports place great forces through the reconstruction. An autograft acl (your own tendon) typically takes 6-7 months to mature while an allograft acl (donor tendon) typically takes 8-9 months to mature. The higher your performance level, the more important it is to wait for the acl to heal and mature. 8-9 months!See 1 more doctor answer
When I had play football I had a ACL rapture and meniskus on my left knees. It passed 8 months but still hurts. What I habe to do?
See md: Acl tears in a young athlete associated w/ a meniscus (cartilage) tear almost always require surgery. The meniscus tear can cause pain, locking and swelling and the acl- deficient knee can result in instability and further knee (cartilage) damage... If possible see an md w/ referral to an orthopedic surgeon who is an experienced arthroscopist. Best of luck!
Rest of season: Start planning on next year.Get a more detailed answer ›
Incomplete tear?: If the tear is complete, forget it. If the tear is minor, sufficient rehab can be done and strength assured so that an athlete may feel confident to return to full participation. However, the risk of then suffering a complete tear would certainly be worth considering.See 1 more doctor answer
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