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Doctor insights on: Torn Acl Mcl And Meniscus

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Dr. Vic Kalman
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Mcl (Definition)

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide band of tissue (a ligament) that runs along the inner side of each knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), to help stabilize the knee joint. The MCL's main purpose is to prevent knees from bending too far ...Read more


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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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I have a torn ACL & Meniscus. Is surgery the only option.

I have a torn ACL & Meniscus. Is surgery the only option.

Not the only option: Some patients can recovery fairly well with nonoperative treatment with aggressive PT/rehab and a brace. However, there is risk that the meniscus can tear further, lock the knee joint and create continued pain. Also, without the ACL the knee can remain unstable, further increasing risk to the meniscus. If I can be of help, then join my care team & virtual practice at healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes

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Torn acl, lcl, and meniscus. How serious of an injury is this?

Torn acl, lcl, and meniscus. How serious of an injury is this?

What a trifecta!!!: Per your description, these are serious injuries and may take months to recover, depending the degree of injury as well as appropriate/timely treatment and rehabilitation. Surgeries may be needed, depending your pain, level instability, and your desired level of activities. It is tough to tell without more details/exam. I suggest following up with doc closely. Good luck.

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Does a torn ACL and lateral meniscus require surgery?

Does a torn ACL and lateral meniscus require surgery?

Acl: Yes. These injuries require surgery especially if the meniscus tear is causing pain or your knee to lock up.

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I have a torn ACL and lateral meniscus does it require surgery?

I have a torn ACL and lateral meniscus does it require surgery?

Yes: Generally yes. Neither a torn meniscus nor an acl tear will heal itself. Surgical trim or repair of the meniscus will likely improve your pain. Acl reconstructions are done at all ages in active individuals. It is not mandatory to fix the acl, but the knee will remain somewhat unstable which can lead to future injuries. Talk to your doc.

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What types of exercises are good for a torn lateral meniscus and patially torn acl?

Surgery?: See a good knee doc and make sure you don't need surgery. Partial acl tears are not common, and a lateral meniscal tear may be unstable. For the basics read this article. Http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/556479-rehab-after-acl-injury/. Good place to start.

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I had hole in meniscus and torn ACL had surgery 4 years ago I felt worse after surgery. Pain is bad still poping locks up I fell and think I re injur?

I had hole in meniscus and torn ACL had surgery 4 years ago I felt worse after surgery. Pain is bad still poping locks up I fell and think I re injur?

Knee injury: The only way to find out what is going on is to go see your orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. You may need a knee MRI as well.

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Is running with a completely torn ACL and a torn lateral meniscus okay?

Is running with a completely torn ACL and a torn lateral meniscus okay?

Not unheard, but...: Certainly has risks. If you elect to run w/ a torn acl you need to speak w/ your physician about your strength & getting the right kind of brace to protect the joint. As for the meniscus I would need more info about the type & symptoms of tear to make a recommendation. For the best long term outcomes (w/ high activity level) I suggest surgery, better early than late. More @ drmarkgalland. Com.

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I torn my acl, meniscus, and sprained my mcl. Will I be able to do gymnastics again without reconstructive surgery?

I torn my acl, meniscus, and sprained my mcl. Will I be able to do gymnastics again without reconstructive surgery?

I do not think so: Without the reconstructive surgery I doubt very much you could compete in gymnastic.

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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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Can a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus cause long term knee damage?

Can a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus cause long term knee damage?

Yes: Without surgical rx of both acl & meniscus. U r left with serious mechanical & instability issues in ur knee that will lead 2 wearing of the joint surfaces and arthritis early on. @ ur young age it needs to b fixed now.

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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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Hi I recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and remove my meniscus on feb 14th. Still have swelling and tightness. Should I be worried?

NO: You are still I the early stages of recovery from the surgery you described. With time and physical therapy the symptoms should resolve. It cqan take a good 3-6 months to recover fully.

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I played soccer with a torn ACL and lateral meniscus for 3 months and didn't have any trouble. Are there any consequences that I could have later on?

Absolutely: Athletes with torn ACL's are at significantly higher risk of injuring other structures in the knee due to instability including other ligaments, meniscus tears, and cartilage damage. Your meniscus tear also puts you at higher risk for arthritis later in life. Athletes who are still playing should have ACL reconstruction surgery. You should see an orthopedic surgeon asap.

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Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

ACL deficiency: Without acl reconstruction you can expect instability particularly with decending stairs or turning quickly from side to side. Long term acl deficiency ultimately will end up with severe osteoarthritis in 15-20 years. In the interim, meniscus tears (cartilage"shock absorbers" in the knee) are more likely.

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Is it possible to have both a torn meniscus and a torn acl? Have symptoms that match both. Is there a way to know w/o mri? No money for mri.

Torn meniscus/acl: Yes, you may have both. Unfortunately, it may be virtually impossible to diagnose both if present at the same time without further imaging.

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My daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus last Thursday. The swelling in her foot has Progressively gotten worse with pain. What to do

She needs to be seen: The symptoms you have described suggest a possible infection that may be developing- increased swelling and increasing pain suggests that you should call her doctor and have her seen as soon as possible. Using Advil and Tylenol (acetaminophen) will only mask the symptoms and delay diagnosis.

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