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.
No and Yes. No you should not play unless this has been addressed by an orthopedic surgeon. Yes, you can play once the acl and meniscus surgery has been performed. Many collegiate and nfl players have similar injuries and can return to high level of sports. Get evaluated by an orthoepdic sports medicine surgeon well versed in care of athletes.
Yes. One of the main goals of an acl reconstruction is to return you to your previous level of activity. It is important to allow time for the acl to mature after surgery, so an 8-9 month waiting period is quite important to prevent retears. Not everyone returns to their previous activity level, but it is certainly the goal.

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When can I play football after a torn ACL and meniscus?

8-9 months. Typically after an acl and meniscus tear, you are really unable to perform any cutting/pivoting maneuvers. Each time you attempt it, the knee rotates without the acl to prevent the rotation. Each time it injures the meniscus and cartilage more. Ideally, football would be out until 8-9 months after an acl reconstruction without without a meniscus a repair.
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.

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.

Can you play football with a torn ACL if you use a brace and are careful?

Yes. At age 47 I'm assuming you are playing recreational football. If you have a well-fitted functional acl brace (don-joy defiance for example)and no other intrarticular injuries (meniscus tear) then u can try to play. Test it first by doing some hard 'cutting' on it at home or your local park. If it feels like its going to "give way' then u shouldn't play and possibly consider having it reconstucted.!

What's the worst that can happen if you play football with a torn acl?

Meniscus tear. Continuing to play pivoting type sports such as football with an acl tear may lead to recurrent episodes of the knee buckling and damage to the underlying cartilage. This may lead to early onset arthritis in the future.

My 17 yr old son tore his ACL and wants to play football. Ss it reasonable to play with a torn acl?

No. Playing a cutting sport with an ACL tear is not advisable...Especially if there is substantial instability. The unstable (acl-deficient) knee can lead to cartilage injuries such as meniscus tears. His knee should have acl-reconstruction in my opinion.
Risks worse injury. Playing with a torn ACL in sports that require cutting and rapid changes of direction is not generally recommended. The intact or reconstructed ACL allows a return to such sports, but more importantly, protects against further meniscal or cartilage damage. Your son risks further irreparable damage to his meniscii and joint cartilage if he tries to play with a torn acl.

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.