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What are the differences in symptoms in an ACL tear and a MCL tear?

What are the differences in symptoms in an ACL tear and a MCL tear?

Instability.: Tears of either can make your knee feel unstable, but in different planes. The MCL tear will give you more pain over the inner side of your knee. Read more

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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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How do the symptoms of an ACL tear differ from an MCL tear?

How do the symptoms of an ACL tear differ from an MCL tear?

Sometime not much: It sometimes can be difficult to distiguish the two from symptoms patients experience alone. That is why a good physical exam is key to making the diagnosis. Read more

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Are there different symtoms in a ACL tear and a MCL tear?

Are there different symtoms in a ACL tear and a MCL tear?

Effusion (swelling): An acl tear can often include an mcl tear that occurs at the same time. An acl tear generally causes bleeding in the knee joint caused by tearing the blood vessels around the acl. This causes a very fast swelling of the knee joint (usually without the hour). An isolated mcl tear usually does not swell inside the knee and causes pain on the inner portion of the knee, where the mcl tore. 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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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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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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Difference between ACL and MCL tear?

Difference between ACL and MCL tear?

Location: The acl is in the central aspect of the knee and keeps the tibia from moving forward relative to the femur. The mcl is on the inner side of the knee and keeps the knee joint from "booking open". Mcl tears usually heal without surgery. Acl tears usually require surgery. Read more

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Acl tear symptoms?

Acl tear symptoms?

Instability.: Usually one notices knee instability, or a sense of the knee buckling, with an ACL tear.There could be swelling and pain involved as well. Read more

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Acl tear vs. A meniscus tear which is worse? Which is worse an ACL tear or a meniscus tear? What is the difference in recovery time after surgery and pain after?

Acl tear vs. A meniscus tear which is worse? Which is worse an ACL tear or a meniscus tear? What is the difference in recovery time after surgery and pain after?

An ACL tear is: Typically worse than a meniscus tear and often they occur together. Acl surgery requires reconstruction of the cruciate ligament using a harvested graft from your patellar tendon or your hamstring most commonly. Recovery can be upwards of 6-8 months. Meniscus tears require brief outpatient surgery to trim out the torn portion and recovery is 4-6 weeks. Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ACL tear?

What is the definition or description of: ACL tear?

Ligament tear: A ligament connects bone to bone. So if you have a torn ACL, there result is instability between the two bones that comprise the knee joint. Read more

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Should I apply heat or ice to my ACL tear?

Should I apply heat or ice to my ACL tear?

Depends when you: Tore it. Ice definately in the first 24-48 hours after injury. Read more

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Can I still walk if I have a bad ACL tear?

Can I still walk if I have a bad ACL tear?

ACL tear: Yes you can walk with a complete acl tear. It just bother you on uneven surfaces or a quick twist. Read more

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How long does ACL tear rehab usually take?

How long does ACL tear rehab usually take?

Depends: Following an ACL reconstruction post tear, the rehab usually involves three months of regular physical therapy, then some follow up as needed. Our physical therapist then will do a three month sports/functional test to see whether you can be discharged from pt or if you need to continue. Overall, it take a whole year for the graft to mature, so some pt may be needed off and on during that year. 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