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What happens if you tear both MCL and ACL?

What happens if you tear both MCL and ACL?

ACL rupture along with MCL rupture can seriously compromise joint stability. These injuries can be difficult to treat. Multiple studies have shown that concomitant ACL reconstruction and MCL repair can lead to postoperative arthrofibrosis.

What is a worse injury ACL or MCL?

While not always the case, an ACL tear is in most cases going to be the more severe injury. It is considered worse than tearing the MCL because ACL tears are in general more complex to treat and require a longer recovery time after surgery.

How long does it take to recover from a torn ACL and MCL?

The first question has a simple but imprecise answer: it depends. If your surgery was successful with no complications and you plan to follow the rehabilitation recommendations of your orthopedic surgeon to the letter, the best guess is no less than six months. For some, it can take up to two years to get back to 100%.

Can you repair ACL and MCL at the same time?

Having surgery on both the MCL and the ACL at the same time might not be the right approach for everyone. Having surgery on both the ACL and the MCL at the same time raises the risk of having permanent stiffness. When dealing with an elite or professional athlete we usually approach this injury with a single surgery.

Can you walk with torn ACL and MCL?

Full tears of the ACL and MCL are serious and can affect future movement. If the MCL or ACL tears, the result is usually pain, swelling, stiffness, and instability. In most cases, the injured person can still walk with the torn knee ligament. But the movement will be severely limited, not to mention painful.

What happens if you don’t repair a torn ACL?

If nothing is done, the ACL injury may turn into chronic ACL deficiency. Your knee may become more and more unstable and may give out more often. The abnormal sliding within the knee also can hurt cartilage. It can trap and damage the menisci in the knee and can also lead to early osteoarthritis.

How can I tell if I tore my ACL or MCL?

It can be easy to confuse the two injuries, as both a torn ACL and a torn MCL exhibits similar symptoms, including: swelling, inflammation, extreme pain and possible bruising. The main difference between an ACL tear and an MCL tear is that an ACL tear will have a distinctive popping sound, while an MCL tear will not.

Can an ACL tear heal without surgery?

Very minor tears (sprains) may heal with non-surgical treatments and regenerative medicine therapy. But full ACL tears cannot be healed without surgery. If your activities do not involve making pivoting movements on the knee, physical therapy rehabilitation may be all you need.

How can you tell the difference between an ACL and MCL tear?

The main difference between an ACL tear and an MCL tear is that an ACL tear will have a distinctive popping sound, while an MCL tear will not. MCL tears are typically easier to recover from than ACL tears. With an MCL tear, the recovery process may take up to eight weeks or more with rehabilitation.