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Doctor insights on: Knee Sprain Vs Acl Tear

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Is a ACL sprain the same as a ACL tear? Unable to straighten the knee. Large knee joint effusion. Please help in a lot of pain. Thanks.

Is a ACL sprain the same as a ACL tear? Unable to straighten the knee. Large knee joint effusion. Please help in a lot of pain. Thanks.

No: A full tear is different than a sprain. A sprain can heal whereas the tear will not and the body tries to compensate. The effusion is due to the initial injury that caused this in the first place. The not being able to straighten the knee part is the most concerning...I guess it happened very recently : (Consider ER or bracing at the moment. Schedule to see an orthopedist. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Is it possible to have an ACL tear and a functional knee?

Is it possible to have an ACL tear and a functional knee?

Yes.: Some people can function fairly well, despite having a torn ACL. This is generally the exception, and not the rule. ...Read more

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Is surgery is required for knee ligament (acl)tear?

Is surgery is required for knee ligament (acl)tear?

Depends: The younger you are and the more active you are, the more you should consider the surgery. If you have a problem with instability, then you should certainly consider having the acl reconstructed. ...Read more

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After I get a knee surgery (ACL tear), will I still grow? Or will it stunt my growth?

After I get a knee surgery (ACL tear), will I still grow? Or will it stunt my growth?

Plate maturity.: This question needs to be directed to the surgeon that recommended the repair. The growth plate could possibly be affected, depending on the status of the plate opening and the surgical technique. The question of repairing or not repairing has more to do with how the knee might be affected later. The possibility of future meniscal tears and cartilage damage could be increased without a repair. ...Read more

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If I have an ACL tear in my knee, can I go skiing or will it make my knee worse? Thank you very much in advance

If I have an ACL tear in my knee, can I go skiing or will it make my knee worse? Thank you very much in advance

May not work: With an ACL tear and no brace you will likely have trouble skiing. Even with an ACL brace you may not do well but it's worth a try. At your young age if you want to continue to ski I would recommend surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Knee injury wrestling, week later no pain bit of instability, can walk fine, coach thinks 2-3 grade ACL tear could that be possible without much pain?

Knee injury wrestling, week later no pain bit of instability, can walk fine, coach thinks 2-3 grade ACL tear could that be possible without much pain?

Yes for sure!: Believe it or not, after a person tears their ACL most all the pain can resolve between 1 to 4 weeks. The initial pain is from the ACL tearing and bleeding into the knee in addition to bone bruises that occur. These all cause initial pain, but as the swelling resides and the bone bruises resolve, a knee with a torn ACL can essentially be painless. This is why some people put it off. .....Mistake! ...Read more

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I was in ballet and holding onto the barre while my foot was facing straight, I slowly turned my knee inwards and it "popped" ACL tear?

I was in ballet and holding onto the barre while my foot was facing straight, I slowly turned my knee inwards and it "popped" ACL tear?

Unknown: An acl tear would usually occur with more stress put on the ligament than as described by your scenario, but it can not be ruled out either. With any knee pain and a pop, you need to get an evaluation and imaging testing ordered. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could I have a partial ACL tear if my knee wants to buckle to one side?

Hard to judge: Buckling to one side does not sound as much like an acl injury. It sounds more like an mcl or lcl injury depending on which side it is buckling on. The acl is more involved in a rotational pivoting restraint than a buckling one. ...Read more

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Was at wedding dancing when leg either twisted or completely gave out. Can barely extend knee can't really walk ACL tear?

Was at wedding dancing when leg either twisted or completely gave out. Can barely extend knee can't really walk ACL tear?

That or locked menis: A locked knee is more likely than an acl. An acl usually does not cause a locked knee. After an acl u can have full rom, but have a lot of early swelling, not so with a meniscus tear which is usually a bucket handle tear. C ur orth and the DX can b easily made. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises to stabilize my knee after an ACL tear?

What are some good exercises to stabilize my knee after an ACL tear?

PT: Your knee has both static stabilizers (acl and pcl) and dynamic stabilizers (quads and hamstrings). Hamstring and quadricep strengthening is usually incorporated into acl rehab. Leg extension and flexion exercises in a brace can be helpful. Talk to your physical therapist. ...Read more

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Hello sir, im suffering from a knee pain, instability in walking. Its partial ACL tear, with grade 1 signal in posterior horn of medial meniscus?

Hello sir, im suffering from a knee pain, instability in walking. Its partial ACL tear, with grade 1 signal in posterior horn of medial meniscus?

See doctor: If you are feeling acute knee pain, and instability in walking, this needs to be looked at more closely by a physician, and evaluated further. You seem to know the diagnosis, and your doctor must've discussed your prognosis, and treatment. Depending on the size of the tear will determine your healing rate. You may need pt too, and wear an ace knee support. Your doctor knows best. ...Read more

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M having knee pain. Twice got MRI done. Once the report revealed interstial ACL tear and the other time mild synovial effusion.

M having knee pain. Twice got MRI done. Once the report revealed interstial ACL tear and the other time mild synovial effusion.

Arthroscopy: If you have exhausted all conservative treatments such as ice, anti-inflammatories, injections, and physical therapy, a diagnostic arthroscopy is indicated. You may have cartilage (articular or meniscal) damage in your knee and the acl should be evaluated. Check with your local knee doc. ...Read more

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Acl tear, p.Horn of m.Meniscus tear, early chondromalacia. Nopain during passive extension but pain extending knee for last 15 degrees against gravity?

Acl tear, p.Horn of m.Meniscus tear, early chondromalacia. Nopain during passive extension but pain extending knee for last 15 degrees against gravity?

Uncertain: If you are experiencing these symptoms from recent injury, old injury, post operative repair, or non-surgical physical therapy. Acute acl injuries in your age group are usually treated surgically while the thinking regarding meniscus repair is in flux between surgical and non surgical. Older or post operative symptoms may require different approaches. Call an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm a dancer. Have knee pain since 1yr. Initial mri-grade 1 intrasubstance ACL tear. Recent MRI -mucoid degeneration in medial meniscus. A 2nd damage?

MRI report: This is an MRI report; see your orthopedic surgeon for clinical correlation. Your knee pain may not be related to these MRI findings (i.e.U may have tendinitis).Injuries to the meniscus and acl in your age group are usually clinically obvious on exam. Grade 1 signal in a meniscus is usually a normal finding and mucin outs degeneration would be rare in a 24 yr. Old. Good luck! ...Read more

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What's the key difference between a knee sprain and a small lateral meniscus tear?

What's the key difference between a knee sprain and a small lateral meniscus tear?

Ligament/cartilage: A knee sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament. A ligament connects a bone to a bone. 4 major ligaments of the knee- ACL, PCL, MCL, PCL. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage structure that sits between the femur and tibia. One on the outside/lateral meniscus and one on the inside/medial meniscus. A wide # of treatments exists for each. If I can help, then www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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I had twisted knee I had almost complete tear of mcl&sprain of ACL when can I be back to sport?

I had twisted knee I had almost complete tear of mcl&sprain of ACL when can I be back to sport?

Ask ur OrthopedicDoc: Better yet, go see a sports medicine specialist who can help you decide when to return to activity. Many variables to consider. How "almost complete" is "almost complete"? In what sport do you participate? Most important, how is your pain control? Bottom line: go see your doc. ...Read more

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Knee sprain, slight ligament tear, shin pain. What should I do to treat this pain?

Knee and shin pain: If they are mild, then short period of rest, ice, wrap/brace should be fine. If more significant, may need more time, pt, imaging. Check with orthopedic surgeon for good ligamentous exam to check your knee stability and for possible stress fracture of the tibia. ...Read more

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What does a displacement of the meniscus root mean? Is a ACL sprain considered a tear? Unable to straighten knee could it be patella femoral pain?

What does a displacement of the meniscus root mean? Is a ACL sprain considered a tear? Unable to straighten knee could it be patella femoral pain?

Knee issues: Root of the meniscus is the part which attaches to the bone, if it is displaced then it is probably torn, .Yes Acl sprain indicates a partial tear of some of the millions of fibers can that make up the entire Acl ligament. Inability to straighten ones knee completely has many reasons. If you have a recent onset of that u need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Side of knee pain, sometimes it gets locked? Pain in calf, similar to when I got soleus tear. Normal MRI apart from G1 ACL sprain. Is it the cause?

Side of knee pain, sometimes it gets locked? Pain in calf, similar to when I got soleus tear. Normal MRI apart from G1 ACL sprain. Is it the cause?

Get it checked: A locking knee usually has a mechanical reason. Unfortunately, that will require a mechanical solution. Get it checked by an Orthopedist cuz exercising on a meniscal tear or unstable knee can have bad outcomes ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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