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What is the treatment for an anterior cruciate ligament or ACL injury?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most important structures in the knee. It keeps your knee stable, and is crucial for pivoting motions. You make such movements during sporting activities but also when doing things such as getting into and out of a car.

Surgery is often needed for an ACL tear. Surgery involves reconstructing the ligament using your own tissue or donated tissue from a deceased person. Recovery involves progressive rehabilitation to slowly improve your function and activity level. Usually, most people who have ACL surgery can jog by 3 months after surgery. However, they are restricted from returning to sports until 6 months after surgery.

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