It has been speculated that the anterior cruciate ligament tear or sprain constitutes the most prevalent orthopaedic injuries in the knees. Those athletes participating in any high demanding sports like football and basketball are more susceptible to get their anterior cruciate ligaments or ACL injured. The treatment for your ACL tear depends on the individual requirements of the patients. It is often seen that an ACL that is torn would not heal unless it is operated. But the non-surgical treatment procedures are found effective for patients with very less activity level or who doesn't take part in a demanding activity. Also if your knee is in an intact state, your orthopaedic doctor may advise you some simple non-surgical treatment to heal the affliction. For instance, you may have to get your knees braced up in order to protect it from unstable situations. You may also have to use crutches in order to prevent putting weight on the injured knee. When the swelling has been considerably reduced, you may have to go for a carefully regulated rehabilitation program. Your orthopaedic doctor will evaluate your condition and recommend specific exercises to make the knee functional and strengthen those muscles that support the knee. In the case of surgical treatments, the ACL tears cannot be stitched back. It is important to reconstruct the ligament surgically for repairing the ACL and restoring the stability of the knee. Your orthopaedic surgeon may also replace the torn ligament with the aid of tissue grafting.
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