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Can you play football with a torn ACL if you use a brace and are careful?

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.!

Dr. Austina Cho
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Can you play football with a torn ACL if you use a brace and are careful?

Can you play football with a torn ACL if you use a brace and are careful?

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.

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Could I play football with a torn ACL and meniscus, or is that a career ender?

Could I play football with a torn ACL and meniscus, or is that a career ender?

Acl and football: It will be very difficult for you to play football with an acl tear and a meniscus tear. If you have surgery it may give you another chance to play.

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What's the worst that can happen if you play football with a torn acl?

What's the worst that can happen if you play football with a torn acl?

Meniscus tear: Continuing to play pivoting type sports such as football with an acl tear may lead to recurrent episodes of the knee buckling and damage to the underlying cartilage. This may lead to early onset arthritis in the future.

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When can I play football after a torn ACL and meniscus?

When can I play football after a torn ACL and meniscus?

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.

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My 17 yr old son tore his ACL and wants to play football. Ss it reasonable to play with a torn acl?

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.

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Can you play volleyball with a torn ACL if you use a brace or something?

Can you play volleyball with a torn ACL if you use a brace or something?

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.

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What type of strap/sleeve/brace can be used for football after a torn acl?

What type of strap/sleeve/brace can be used for football after a torn acl?

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.

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I have a torn acl, mcl, damaged meniscus, will I ever be able to play soccer/football again?

I have a torn acl, mcl, damaged meniscus, will I ever be able to play soccer/football again?

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.

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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?

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

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Can I play basketball with a torn ACL if I wear a knee brace?

Can I play basketball with a torn ACL if I wear a knee brace?

Yes and no: This means you could play but you are taking a risk of further damaging the knee more.

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Can a young man with a torn ACL still play basketball if he wears knee brace?

Can a young man with a torn ACL still play basketball if he wears knee brace?

Not recommended: Any acl brace does not provide protection at physiologic loads.

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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What is the recovery time for an ACL surgery and when can I start to play football again?

What is the recovery time for an ACL surgery and when can I start to play football again?

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!

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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!

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Can you play basketball with a torn acl?

Can you play basketball with a torn acl?

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.

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