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What can I do for torn cartilage and a torn ACL without having surgery? (no insurance)
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
7 doctors agree
In brief: Rehab!
Although neither torn cartilage nor a torn ACL will typically heal, some patients may have satisfactory outcomes with nonsurgical treatment.
Middle-aged to older individuals and those that usually do not participate in activities that require sprinting and/or cutting may successfully use rehabilitation/pt to overcome these injuries. A brace can add stability to the knee. Pt will be worth the cost.

In brief: Rehab!
Although neither torn cartilage nor a torn ACL will typically heal, some patients may have satisfactory outcomes with nonsurgical treatment.
Middle-aged to older individuals and those that usually do not participate in activities that require sprinting and/or cutting may successfully use rehabilitation/pt to overcome these injuries. A brace can add stability to the knee. Pt will be worth the cost.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Get it fixed
Borrow the money your knee will suck without repair i unrepaired it will interfere with activities of daily living shop around find cheapest option with paymemt plan sell the car.Leaving it unrepairef is a bad choice you will regret.
How did you pay for the mri?

In brief: Get it fixed
Borrow the money your knee will suck without repair i unrepaired it will interfere with activities of daily living shop around find cheapest option with paymemt plan sell the car.Leaving it unrepairef is a bad choice you will regret.
How did you pay for the mri?
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Therapy vs surgery
Combination of meniscal tear & a acl tear usually requires surgery.
If you opt for non-operative treatment, you should have an mr of the knee to confirm there isn't a clinically significant meniscal tear. If no meniscal tear demanding surgery, you may be a candidate for non-operative treatment. If, with physical therapy & bracing & activity modification, you have instability, you need surgery.

In brief: Therapy vs surgery
Combination of meniscal tear & a acl tear usually requires surgery.
If you opt for non-operative treatment, you should have an mr of the knee to confirm there isn't a clinically significant meniscal tear. If no meniscal tear demanding surgery, you may be a candidate for non-operative treatment. If, with physical therapy & bracing & activity modification, you have instability, you need surgery.
Dr. Tandy Freeman
Dr. Tandy Freeman
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
In brief: GET SURGERY
Negotiate a deal most surgeons will do it can you do lawns? Paint? Barter for something.
Without surgery you will become cripple in that leg. Find surgeon who owns his onw surgery center he will deal a hospital will not but ask anyway. Have a continuous block for faster and cheaper recovery.

In brief: GET SURGERY
Negotiate a deal most surgeons will do it can you do lawns? Paint? Barter for something.
Without surgery you will become cripple in that leg. Find surgeon who owns his onw surgery center he will deal a hospital will not but ask anyway. Have a continuous block for faster and cheaper recovery.
Dr. David Edsall
Dr. David Edsall
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