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Can an ACL Tear Heal on Its Own?

Can an ACL Tear Heal on Its Own?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at the front of your knee often takes the brunt of damage when you pivot or change direction at speed. That’s why this part of your body is commonly injured while participating in sports. However, ACL tears and injuries can happen to anyone.

Once you’ve damaged your ACL, you lose stability in your knee joint. That’s not good for your mobility, especially if you’re an athlete who wants to return to your sport. 

At Twin Palm Orthopedics in Ocala, Florida, our team offers experienced sports medicine and ACL care under the leadership of Dr. Derek Farr and Dr. Nirav Gupta.

What type of treatment should you get for knee injuries? If you think you might have an ACL injury, you should get in touch with us for evaluation and treatment. ACL tears may not fully heal on their own without the proper care.

Understanding your ACL injury

Your knee is complex. A combination of tendons and ligaments is needed to allow the joint to flex and extend fully. And, when your knees operate under pressure, it makes sense that injuries can result.

What’s really involved in an ACL tear or injury? First, you’re most likely to experience this type of injury while in motion. You may hear a popping sound or feel a popping sensation as your ACL tears under stress.

Pain from a torn ACL often starts immediately, and you may lose stability in your knee. It’s also possible to not experience symptoms immediately if you only sustain a mild ACL injury. Still, once you suspect there might be a problem with your knee, you should get the issue checked out.

Recovering from a torn ACL

It’s important to seek professional care for an ACL injury. Without the right care, you may not make a full recovery, increasing your risk of re-injury in the future.

Our team at Twin Palm Orthopedics starts your treatment with a thorough physical exam accompanied by diagnostic imaging scans like X-rays. This lets us confirm your ACL injury and assess the degree of severity, which affects your treatment plan.

Your lifestyle and activity levels also make a difference. If you want to get back into competitive athletic form, you may need more intensive treatment to fully restore your knee joint.

Depending on the severity of your ACL injury and future activity plans, your treatment could include:

Less severe ACL injuries can recover after a few weeks of rest, but a fully torn ACL requires surgery to repair it completely.

For expert treatment and support with knee injuries, get in touch with the team at Twin Palm Orthopedics today. Call now to schedule an appointment, or use our online scheduling tool.

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