Treatment for a Torn ACL

"When the ACL tears, it doesn't tear clean, it shreds like a mop and you can't really sew that back," says Dr. Harlan Selesnick, Orthopedic Surgeon at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute.

Concerning the treatment for a torn ACL, he explains people with this injury have a 75% chance that they also are going to have damage in the meniscal cartilage, which in younger patients can lead to arthritic changes. So, for the first four to six weeks doctors try to get the swelling down, patients go to physical therapy to restore a range of motion and then they can do the ACL surgery.

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