I play soccer, tore my acl and lcl, do I really need surgery or can I continue to play?
Hello I am a 17 year old boy who plays soccer in the sixth tier of German football.Last two weeks during a soccer game I got hit on the side of my right knee.I couldn’t continue the game.I went to an orthopaedic surgeon and he said I had torn my acl and lcl so I need to be operated.I want to know if there is a chance of skipping the operation and get back to soccer again please..?? If there are alternatives I would love to know please.?I would be glad to get your opinion.
Yours faithful (…)
If you have had your diagnosis confirmed on an knee mri and if the acl tear is complete then surgery is the only option. Incomplete acl tears and lcl tears can be treated by plaster splints and immobilisation to some extent. But if are a soccer player..its better you get it operated so that you can continue playing it in future.
If you neglect this tear then you wont be able to play soccer ever as the knee will be irreversably damaged.
So 1st thing u do now is get operated.
That really depends on the amount of tear in the ligaments,If it is a partial tear more than 50% of the fibers then the operation is essential..If less than that.. there would be a possibility of being in a cast for few weeks until healing occurs then you will have to get a 3-6 months of rehabilitation and physiotherapy..
If you can send the MRI slices here in a comment that would help in telling you if it is essential or not …
ACL TEARS HAVE TO BE OPERATED IN ALL CASES. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO IT.
CONTINUING TO PLAY WILL DAMAGE THE INTERNAL STRUCTURES OF KNEE.
YOU WILL BE FINE WHEN YOU ARE OPERATED AND WILL BE DO ALL YOUR ROUTINE ACTIVITIES.