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How can I test for a torn acl?

How can I test for a torn acl?

Acl tear: The best test is the "lachman" test which is when the examining physician translates the tibia forward with the knee flexed at 20 degrees. The degree of "endpoint" is assessed. If a "soft" endpoint is apparent an MRI will generally confirm a torn acl. Make sure that the hamstrings are not tight hampering the exam. ...Read more

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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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I am negative on pivot shift test for torn ACL but MRI reveals possible torn acl, my knee also feels stable, what should I believe?

I am negative on pivot shift test for torn ACL but MRI reveals possible torn acl, my knee also feels stable, what should I believe?

MRI: Although MRI equipment and techniques varied in all the studies, the sensitivity and specificity remained consistently high for detecting acl injuries. The other way if you symptoms to under go arthoscopy to find out for sure. Your injury could partial tear not completet tear of acl. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to test a torn ACL yourself?

Sometimes: Once an acl is torn it is gone. You can rehab and strengthen the muscles and restore the motion of the knee. Then you can decide if the knee is unstable and needs an acl reconstruction. ...Read more

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Which special tests and manual muscle tests would be used to diagnose a torn acl?

Which special tests and manual muscle tests would be used to diagnose a torn acl?

Typically...: Lachman and pivot shift tests are the most accurate tests to assess the acl upon physical exam. Most clinicians are getting away from the anterior drawer, though it is another option. An MRI will confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about the active range of motion and passive range of motion tests for a torn acl?

Can you please tell me about the active range of motion and passive range of motion tests for a torn acl?

Exam for ACL-"ROM": Passive motion is movement caused by some outside force. Active motion is movement you generate yourself. These are not specific tests for an acl tear. The acl provides stability to a knee, so if there is a significant tear, there will be too much motion of one leg bone sliding over the other bone. This is "translation" of the femur on the tibia vs flexion (bending) or extension (straightening). ...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 dont engage in cutting sports ...Read more

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What can worsen a torn acl?

What can worsen a torn acl?

Certain activities: An acl tear that has been treated nonoperatively can lead to instability with certain movements such as cutting or lateral movement. Performing these activities can lead to cartilage injuries or arthritis. ...Read more

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How can I strengthen a torn acl?

How can I strengthen a torn acl?

You can't: All you can do is strengthen the muscles supporting the knee but it will never replace the function of the ACL and your knee will suffer. ...Read more

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