Non-operative anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury treatment

Some people who have injuries to their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) may not need surgery if they do not do activities where knee stability is very important. Instead, bracing and physical therapy may be enough.

Most athletes will need surgery after an ACL tear so that they will have stable knees to do sports again. People who have additional injuries to their knee also usually need surgery to repair everything.

However, people who have a partial ACL tear, people who do not do sports that require quick movements, and children may be able to wear a knee brace and have a strong physical therapy program instead of surgery.

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