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What is the best treatment for ACL injury?

What is the best treatment for ACL injury?

Treatment

  • Rest. General rest is necessary for healing and limits weight bearing on your knee.
  • Ice. When you’re awake, try to ice your knee at least every two hours for 20 minutes at a time.
  • Compression. Wrap an elastic bandage or compression wrap around your knee.
  • Elevation.

Can knee ACL heal on its own?

The ACL cannot heal on its own because there is no blood supply to this ligament. Surgery is usually required for athletes because the ACL is needed in order to safely perform the sharp movements that are required in sports.

How long does an ACL knee injury take to heal?

It can take roughly 8 weeks to recover from surgery to repair a ligament tear. But if you need a major reconstruction of a torn ligament, it can take 6 months or so to get you back to full strength, Bush-Joseph says.

What happens if ACL injury is not treated?

Untreated ACL injuries accelerate the development of osteoarthritis. Without proper support from the ACL, the articular cartilage starts to break down at a more rapid pace than normal. Following your knee injury, bleeding can occur inside the joint. You may or may not have signs alerting you to the problem.

Can you still walk if you have a torn ACL?

With ACL tears, walking is possible but can be painful. The patient should be able to walk in a straight line but will be unable to make sudden turns or pivot. A knee brace can help stabilize the knee, but with ACL tears, surgery is almost always required.

How do I know if my ACL is torn?

Signs and symptoms of an ACL injury usually include:

  1. A loud pop or a “popping” sensation in the knee.
  2. Severe pain and inability to continue activity.
  3. Rapid swelling.
  4. Loss of range of motion.
  5. A feeling of instability or “giving way” with weight bearing.

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