Surgery for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear

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  • Lee Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 130 lbs
    • 5' 9"
    • Boulder, CO
    01
    Nov2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Partial or Complete tear Partial tear
    • Other structures involved? MCL tear also
    • Doctor/Care Giver Steadman

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    Dr Steadman has a treatment he developed 20 years ago that is remarkable. My knee is better than before! Wish I would have had treatment on the other knee when he was practicing.


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  • Anonymous Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 120 lbs
    • 5' 0"
    • Palo Alto, CA
    23
    May2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Partial or Complete tear Partial
    • Other structures involved? None
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr Fanton

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy
      Not Improved
      Brace
      Worsened
      Surgery

    ACL tear in my right knee occurred while playing tennis and within 2 years of child birth, where I suffered from HELLP. Shortly thereafter, I ended up tearing my ACL in the other knee. I only operated upon my right knee, which has never ever recovered fully, because of constantly developing scar tissue and has been in pain ever since the surgery. My left knee has fared better without undergoing any surgery.


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  • 21
    Oct2015
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Repeat injury? 3
    • Partial or Complete tear complete
    • Other structures involved? mcl tear

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Surgery

    my physical therapist , unlike in the past - guided me towards what to do when i dont see her and after i am done seeing her, transioning to my personal trainer and my individual work. she also knoew how to assess my progress, where to push and where to go slow.


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  • 18
    Apr2017
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Repeat injury? No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Surgery

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  • Anonymous Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 115 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Portland, Oregon
    11
    Dec2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Partial or Complete tear Complete

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I tore my ACL during sport over ten years ago. I had surgery within a month, and recuperated over 6 months. I have not had any problems with my knee since.


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  • Anonymous Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 220 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Chicago il
    26
    Oct2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Surgery

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  • Anonymous Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    • 185 lbs
    • 5' 10"
    • Los Altos Hills, CA
    09
    May2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Partial or Complete tear complete
    • Other structures involved? no

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Surgery

    I tore my ACL skiing. My doctor explained that some people do fine with a torn ACL and it should not get in the way of "life" but may be an issue if I want to remain very active. He also explained that, in any case, surgery would have to wait several months until all the swelling recedes. This would be a good time for me to investigate and make a final decision. During the next 4 months I was able to hike and bike. I saw a very rapid improvement during the first 2-3 months but then things plateaued. It became obvious that I would not achieve a full recovery without surgery. The two weeks following the surgery were not fun as I had to use crutches everywhere (not because of pain, but in order to protect the bone). Thereafter, I started recovering very quickly. I matched my pre-surgery fitness level within 3 months an my pre-injury level with about 6-9 months.


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