Non-operative Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury Treatment

Non-operative treatment, however, may be appropriate for those patients who are not involved in any type of sport activity, whose jobs are sedentary (such as sitting at a desk and do not require any type of lifting, climbing, carrying) and who do not participate in any type of recreational activities that require pivoting stability.  

This non-operative treatment includes initial bracing for 1 to 2 weeks with ice, elevation, and possible anti-inflammatory medications (if your medical history allows it).  A structured physical therapy program is then carried out in order to restore range of motion and strength to the knee.  A functional sports type brace may be obtained to provide additional stability for any more vigorous activities.  

Unfortunately, non-operative treatment including a structured therapy program and bracing does not fully restore stability to the knee joint.  Because patients may be susceptible to repeated episodes of giving out or giving way, surgical treatment may be recommended.

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