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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 ...Read more

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What to do if i just want to know can you actually feel your acl?

What to do if i just want to know can you actually feel your acl?

Acl: You can only feel the symptoms of an acl tear. Your knee will feel unstable with any twisting motion or sharp turning. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tear your ACL more than once?

Is it possible to tear your ACL more than once?

Yes: After an acl reconstruction, the chances of tearing the acl again are somewhere between 10 and 30 percent. The same mechanism that tore the first one can tear the reconstruction. If you are asking whether you can tear an acl more than once without a reconstruction, then the answer is no. The torn acl does not heal on its own. It can scar down, but will rarely function like the original. ...Read more

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I just had an ACL reconstructed 3wks ago. Last week i ended up a toonie sized dent in my shine. What could it be from?

I just had an ACL reconstructed 3wks ago. Last week i ended up a toonie sized dent in my shine. What could it be from?

Possible: Final decrease in edema that is showing defects secondary to the surgery. Scar tissue and healing, tissue trauma more proximal can cause divots slightly lower in the leg. If there is no redness, pain, change or dysfunction due to this small defect, then it may just be defect from the surgery where edema had finally cleared. ...Read more

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I was just told i might I have torn my acl...What should I do now?

I was just told i might I have torn my acl...What should I do now?

Recover: If the knee is swollen, ice and compression help in getting down the swelling. Range of motion exercises either on your own or with a physical therapist are also important. ...Read more

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Acl reconstruction, just had mine done. Can you offer some tips or experiences for recovery?

Acl reconstruction, just had mine done. Can you offer some tips or experiences for recovery?

6-12 mos: Although many sources suggest a full recovery to sports in 6 mos, it may be 6-12 months before you can return to full physical activities. Timing depends on the amount of knee damage, type of graft, specific sport, competition level, & psychology http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/acl-program/surgical-recovery/acl-rehab-expectations.html http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/dec12/clinical7.asp ...Read more

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Is it possible to tear my ACL or MCL while getting up?

Is it possible to tear my ACL or MCL while getting up?

Yes: The pivoting involved in tearing the acl is difficult to do just by getting up from a seated position but not impossible. It would necessitate a sudden twisting of the upper body on a planted knee that is held stationary. While not impossible, it is rarely a tear that occurs with such low energy. ...Read more

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Should icy hot work well on a possible torn acl?

Should icy hot work well on a possible 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. ...Read more

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What can I do to tell if I have a torn ACL or pulled ACL or just an injury?

What can I do to tell if I have a torn ACL or pulled ACL or just an injury?

Exam, MRI: I would start with a good orthopedic exam and x-ray after that you may need to undergo an MRI to determine if it is a partial or complete tear which may alter your treatment. ...Read more

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