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How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?
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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Significant
Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee.
It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee.

In brief: Significant
Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee.
It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee.
Dr. Amir Khan
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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Bad
For most active patients, acl injuries are fairly disabling.
Most active patients will experience persistent instability episodes and pain that limit their pursuits of their activities. Therefore, most patients elect to have surgery. Return to all activities after surgery will take at least 6 months. Those patients who are not particularly active may not require surgery.

In brief: Bad
For most active patients, acl injuries are fairly disabling.
Most active patients will experience persistent instability episodes and pain that limit their pursuits of their activities. Therefore, most patients elect to have surgery. Return to all activities after surgery will take at least 6 months. Those patients who are not particularly active may not require surgery.
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