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  • Treatment Options

  • If an ACL tear is found, treatment options include:

    • activity modification
    • conservative/non-operative management with physical therapy and brace wear
    • surgical reconstruction

    A patient with a torn ACL may have problems with recurrent instability and further joint damage. The degree of instability can vary from an occasional feeling of "giving way" to being unable to pivot or jump without the knee buckling. Instability is dependent on the physical demands placed on the knee, strength of the quadriceps and hamstring muscle groups, and degree of damage to both the ligament and to other structures of the knee. 

    The final decision for treatment is based on multiple factors including degree of instability; patients' anticipated demands and the possibility of further knee damage.