Symptoms of an ACL injury
This is often combined with pain and swelling.
You could experience grinding feelings of your bones or kneecap.
Another sign is not being able to put weight on your leg.
People with a mild ACL injury might feel like their knee is unstable, or like it might “give out” when they are using it.
Can a partial ACL tear heal on its own?
We consider non-surgical treatments first, but if the tear is complete and the knee is unstable, or the knee doesn’t heal with non-surgical treatment, surgery may be necessary. The ACL cannot heal on its own because there is no blood supply to this ligament.
Can you walk with a partially torn ACL?
Not always. And under the right circumstances, you can walk with a torn ACL. This can be both a blessing and a curse. Assuming that walking is approved by your physician, you should avoid any twisting, turning, and sudden movements.
How do you tell if ACL is torn or sprained?
Signs and symptoms of an ACL injury usually include:
- A loud “pop” or a “popping” sensation in the knee.
- Severe pain and inability to continue activity.
- Rapid swelling.
- Loss of range of motion.
- A feeling of instability or “giving way” with weight bearing.
Do you need surgery for a partially torn ACL?
When the ACL is torn, people may notice problems in the way their knee functions. ACL injuries can either be complete or partial. When there is a partial ACL tear, a difficult decision about surgery needs to be made. An ACL reconstruction involves significant rehabilitation and other operative risks.