5 doctors weighed in:

What are the best treatments for a partially torn acl?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tx based on symptoms

Not all partial ACL injuries are the same.
There are 2 bundles to the acl. Both can be partially injured or torn. Each bundle can also tear in isolation. If instability is the main complaint, partial ACL injuries eventually are managed surgically. If both bundles are significantly torn, a standard ACL reconstruction is performed. Isolated am or pl bundles can also be individually reconstructed.

In brief: Tx based on symptoms

Not all partial ACL injuries are the same.
There are 2 bundles to the acl. Both can be partially injured or torn. Each bundle can also tear in isolation. If instability is the main complaint, partial ACL injuries eventually are managed surgically. If both bundles are significantly torn, a standard ACL reconstruction is performed. Isolated am or pl bundles can also be individually reconstructed.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Thank
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

This depends on the degree of the tear, associated injuries of other structures in the knee, and the type of activity demands on the knee.
Options include protective bracing and physical therapy to rehab the injury versus partial or complete ACL ligament reconstruction. Generally, if the knee is stable despite the partial tear, therapy and bracing is successful. If not, surgery is an option.

In brief: It depends

This depends on the degree of the tear, associated injuries of other structures in the knee, and the type of activity demands on the knee.
Options include protective bracing and physical therapy to rehab the injury versus partial or complete ACL ligament reconstruction. Generally, if the knee is stable despite the partial tear, therapy and bracing is successful. If not, surgery is an option.
Dr. Vishal Shah
Dr. Vishal Shah
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Board Certified, Family Medicine
389K people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors