Can an ACL Tear Heal on its Own?
Non-surgical management is most often successful in patients such as:
- Middle aged or older adults who are sedentary and/or who are employed in light duty work
- Partial tears without a patient feel unstable
- Adults with complete tears who choose to give up cutting and pivoting sports and who do not feel unstable with everyday activities.
Physical therapy consisting of swelling reduction techniques, easy range of motion, and gentle strengthening is encouraged. Pain management, ice therapy, and alternate fitness practices not impacting the progress of the knee are used as necessary.
For younger patients or for patients who are unstable with the activities that they enjoy, ACL reconstruction surgery may be recommended. ACL surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed on the knee. Many patients report a full return to activities after ACL surgery. Dr. Cunningham is a knee specialist at Vail Summit Orthopaedics. He is an expert at diagnosing and treating ACL tears for patients in Vail, Summit County, Aspen, and Denver, CO. Contact him today.