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ACL Reconstruction
Treatment Options

Treatment for ACL injuries depends on the severity of the tear and whether other parts of the knee are injured. The patient's activity level and overall health are also considered before treatment begins.

Depending on the activity level of the patient, minor ACL tears are usually treated with physical rehabilitation, which will help build strength and increase flexibility in the knee. Rehabilitation normally lasts a few weeks, at which time most patients return to normal activities.

Complete ACL tears, called ruptures, normally require ACL Reconstruction surgery followed by several months to a year of rehabilitation. ACL Reconstruction is the most common form of treatment for patients who require the use of a stable knee for athletic sports, walking, or other low-impact activities.

It is important to get a timely diagnosis of an ACL injury to avoid potentially damaging the knee further. Typically, surgery may be delayed until several weeks after the injury. The delay allows swelling to subside and enables the injured knee to regain some strength, stability, and range of motion. Delaying the surgery also decreases the risk of permanent stiffness or decreased motion following surgery.

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This information was prepared in conjunction with a licensed physician and is presented as general information only. Only an orthopedic surgeon can determine what treatment is appropriate. The life of any implant will depend on your weight, age, activity level, and other factors. For more information on risks, warnings, and possible adverse effects, see the Patient Risk Information section found within Always ask your doctor if you have any questions regarding your particular condition or treatment options.

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