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Offline meyervienna

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Can complete ACL tear heal without surgery?
« on: November 07, 2004, 07:20:38 AM »
 ???My 17 year old daughter has a complete tear of her ACL (10 days ago).  The ortho specialist at the military hospital said to start immediate PTherapy and see him again in 6 weeks.  He also said that sometimes a completely torn ACL will reafix to the MCL and surgery can be avoided.  A woman in the waiting room said that was her case.  Anyone else (especially specialists) hear of this?  My daughter is an athlete (volleyball) who wants to play her sport next Fall in college.  

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Re: Can complete ACL tear heal without surgery?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2004, 01:09:11 PM »

If your daughter has had a complete rupture where the ACL has become detatched from the bone, then I havent heard of it become re-attached without the aid of surgery.

I myself have a complete rupture of my right ACL where it came away from my bone. My OS trimmed away the 'stump' and im scheduled to have a recon op in 3 weeks.

However, if the ACL has torn through the middle and is still attached to the upper and lower bone, this may be a diff story. To be honest I was told that if the ACL had completely rupture thenm it wont fix itself and needs surgery, but im no doctor so I honestly dont know.


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Re: Can complete ACL tear heal without surgery?
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2004, 03:25:48 PM »
It is possible for the ACL to scar back to the PCL, but it is impossible for it to scar to the MCL.   This will restore some stability but it's a poor solution at best and completely screws up the biomechanics of the knee.

If your daughter is serious about playing college volleyball she needs to have the ACL reconstructed.  I am a head trainer at a D3 school, and I have previously worked at a D2 school and a NAIA school.  Most people don't realize that Athletic trainers have input on who gets scholarship money and who doesn't.  If I was asked to consult with a collegiate coach about if it would benefit the program to offer her a scholarship I would say no.  ACL deficient knees are very unpredictable and therefore most coaches will not give such a player a spot on the team and instead will go with a player with less chance of being out of play for a long periods of time.
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Re: Can complete ACL tear heal without surgery?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2004, 07:36:52 PM »
I am a university basketball player in Canada and I tore my acl and mcl earlier this year. I did in fact have it reconstructed and I agree that if your daughter would like toplay college volleyball she should as well. The timeline is about six months post op but depending on how hard you work it could be a little sooner...I don't recomend too soon however. The acl once healed from surgery is actually stronger than it originally was, and if surgery is not done she will have to play with a large expensive custom brace and her knee will be very unstable. A football player at my school tried this and ended up tearing his knee far worse than it was in the beginning..while even in the brace and only at practice no hit. I would srtongly urge her to consider the long term goal for her knee and maybe if she goes in soon she can be ready for next year in time.
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