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What is the treatment for torn knee ligaments?
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Part of that depends on which ligaments were torn, and if it is a full or partial tear, how active you are and what age.
..You definitely need an orthopedic evaluation to determine that. Surgery or rehabilitation will depend on the physical findings also.

In brief: Depends
Part of that depends on which ligaments were torn, and if it is a full or partial tear, how active you are and what age.
..You definitely need an orthopedic evaluation to determine that. Surgery or rehabilitation will depend on the physical findings also.
Dr. Katharine Garnier
Dr. Katharine Garnier
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Dr. John Ayres
An MCL (medial collateral ligament) or PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) tear can frequently be treated without surgery, but an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear can lead to knee instability, torn cartilage, and arthritis. Having more that one ligament torn, especially if there is a meniscus injury, is more likely to require surgery to avoid problems later on. NSAIDs and analgesics can help with symptomatic pain management, but bracing, therapy, or surgery may be needed for instability complaints.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Many options
Depending on the severity of the injury options include: bracing, casting, physical therapy, and surgical repair.

In brief: Many options
Depending on the severity of the injury options include: bracing, casting, physical therapy, and surgical repair.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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