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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 on the degree of injury as well as appropriate/timely treatment and rehabilitation. Surgeries may be needed, depending on 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Causes/severity of post-op swelling of the knee after removal of the stitches and some standing/walking? Torn ACL&meniscus & a fracture were repaired.

Causes/severity of post-op swelling of the knee after removal of the stitches and some standing/walking? Torn ACL&meniscus & a fracture were repaired.

If the wound is-: -well healed, and this is new swelling, not left over from the surgery, it could B sign of infection, especially if U have pain @rest &have a fever, even if low grade. This needs immediate eval by Ur surgeon. ...Read more

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Injured knee dec 2013 X-rays and MRI of April 2014. PT until September, different doctor said torn acl and meniscus, did surgery to repair after months of Pt still in pain. Did steroid shot in May 2015. Now there is a grinding feeling in knee?

Injured knee dec 2013 X-rays and MRI of April 2014. PT until September, different doctor said torn acl and meniscus, did surgery to repair after months of Pt still in pain. Did steroid shot in May 2015. Now there is a grinding feeling in knee?

See knee doctor: You might need to see a knee doctor for evaluation and possible repeat MRI, to see what is causing these sounds. Meanwhile, improved your thigh muscles by exercise that will take the pressure off the bone or the ligament ...Read more

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I landed on my knee wrong and it twisted outwards too far, do I have a torn ACL or mcl?

I landed on my knee wrong and it twisted outwards too far, do I have a torn ACL or mcl?

It depends.: Falling awkwardly can lead to an ACL or mcl tear, but it might not cause any major damage at all. If your knee is still symptomatic several weeks after an inury, you should probably have it evaluated by a trained prefssional and get an MRI scan to see what's going on. ...Read more

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I've partial MCL torn & ACL bony avulsion — 15 days. Dr said I don't need surgery. How long does it take to heal? Knew swelling is still there badly

I've partial MCL torn & ACL bony avulsion — 15 days. Dr said I don't need surgery. How long does it take to heal? Knew swelling is still there badly

Probably can rehab: If your 62, I don't think you need to have an acl reconstruction. If you have a grade 1 or 2 mcl sprain,
it should heal over 4-6 weeks.
Regarding the ACL, you still will have 3 other ligaments in your knee in addition to other stabilizers
Once the swelling has gone down, you can begin rehab
to regain your motion and increase your quad and hamstring strength ...Read more

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What helps with a torn ACL or MCL I have a full leg brace but it keeps moving and my calf is severly bruised my hip feels out of socket &lots of fluid?

What helps with a torn ACL or MCL I have a full leg brace but it keeps moving and my calf is severly bruised my hip feels out of socket &lots of fluid?

Strengthen muscles: If u r not having acl reconstructive surgery then work on strengthening your quadriceps muscle and inquire about being fit for a custom functional acl brace (don-joy or breg make good quality braces). Discuss w/ your ors... And your other symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long is an acl, mcl, and meniscus surgery?

How long is an acl, mcl, and meniscus surgery?

Depends: This depends on several factors such as type of graft used and whether the meniscus is repaired versus debrided. On average the surgery is 1.5 to 2 hours. ...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