How do you treat an ACL injury?
If the ACL is strained or partially torn, non-surgical options are pursued such as protective weight bearing for a time, rest, icing, compression, and physical therapy to improve the knee range of motion, and maintain/regain muscle strength.
If the ACL is torn, surgery, called an ACL Reconstruction is recommended to replace the damaged ligament and restore its function to aid in the knee’s stability. A torn ACL does not heal on its own in most cases. Dr. Alexander Brown has specialized training in arthroscopically reconstructing a torn ACL, and re-purposes tendons or ligaments from another part of your own body to act as your new ACL. Dr. Brown reconstructs the ACL using either the patellar tendon or hamstring tendons from your own body. (These are called autografts). In select cases and circumstances, a tendon donated from another human being is used to reconstruct your ACL. (This donor tissue is called an allograft.)
It is important to select a surgeon like Dr. Brown who has extensive training and experience in ACL reconstruction. This type of surgery, although commonly required among athletes, should only be trusted to a surgeon who has the technical ability to replace the damaged ACL. Dr. Brown can discuss the surgery, your best options for a new ACL and your expected outcome.