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Do I Have to Have Surgery for an ACL Tear

Posted on Sat, Jun 8, 2013 @ 15:06 PM

Do I Have to Have Surgery for an ACL Tear

An anterior Cruciate Ligament tear, or ACL tear, is a very common sports injury. The ligament that is situated between the lower leg bone and the thighbone is easily torn, especially if an athlete pivots, jumps and lands, or twists his knee unexpectedly. A torn ACL will cause the knee to become unstable, which is why it is necessary to undergo surgery if an athlete incurs a severe ACL injury. Below are several things people should know about ACL injury.ACL Tear NYC

Symptoms of ACL Injury:

• A loud popping sound emits from the knee
• Inability to walk properly
• Swelling and inflammation around the knee joint
• Intense pain for several days

Types of Treatments:


There are two types of treatments for an ACL tear, which are non-surgical and surgical treatments. The non-surgical treatments normally consist of medications and certain efficient types of rehabilitation. Medications such as NSAIDs, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or Tylenol are recommended by medical practitioners to help relieve the inflammation and knee pain. In addition, an ACL surgeon will suggest patients to attend physical therapy.

Nevertheless, if the surgeon diagnoses that the ACL injury is severe, then it is likely that he will recommend surgery, such as reconstruction or knee replacement surgery. A tiny ACL tear normally requires only simple repair work. For simple repair work the surgeon will sew the tear back together.

Signs that Indicate ACL Surgery is Needed

• The patient has episodic knee instability despite regular physical therapy sessions
• The patient has other tears aside from the ACL tear in the same knee
• The patient performs sports actions such as jumping, landing, cutting and pivoting regularly
• The patient has a repairable MCL tear

It is necessary to undergo surgery in order for the ACL to re-establish its function properly. With surgery and sufficient rehabilitation, an athlete is able to get back to his normal sports routine.

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