Since your accident, you suffered from strange pain around your knee. Your diagnosis came in and you find out that you torn your ACL. ACL tears seem to be more and more common. Having surgery to repair it may leave your wallet hurting. On the other hand, ACL recovery time without surgery can lead you on a long road ahead.
If a car accident, slip and fall, or negligence of any kind caused your tear, you could be entitled to compensation for the time off work or these medical costs. Call Pitman & Petro Injury Attorneys today to find out more.
What is the ACL?
ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Ligaments are located all over your body. They connect your muscles to your bones and tearing one can lead to varying levels of injury. A tear in the ACL is one of the more dramatic and painful ligament injuries.
The ACL crosses the inside of your knee. Its purpose is to keep your shin bone from sliding in front of your thigh bone. In addition, it provides stability to the knee. Because of the very internal nature of this ligament, this injury can mean months in therapy and out of work.
What Causes ACL Tears?
It seems like ACL tears happen more often than they used to. Sudden stopping can send your bones out of whack. Impact, like from a car accident, can also tear the ligament. Changing direction quickly and landing incorrectly cause many sports related ACL tears.
What Limitations do I Have with a Torn ACL?
Depending on the severity of the tear, you may have a lot of limitations or very few. You may not be able to continue physical activity you took part in previously. You may have to learn to walk without a limp. Sadly, there’s also a chance that you may never regain full range of motion in that knee.
Surgical vs. Non-Surgical Methods
Surgery is the only way for the knee to be fully restored, especially after a full tear. Partially-torn ACL recovery time without surgery depends on the severity of the injury. Partial tears usually only require a few months of physical therapy. You could possibly return to work fairly quickly, and even avoid surgery. Your physical therapist and doctors will give you different exercises to try, according to the level of difficulty your knee can handle post-surgery.
These may include:
- Leg raises
- Yoga poses, like Warrior and Tree
- Leg slides
- Isometric Quad Engagement (flexing your quad muscle while your leg lays straight)
- Child’s pose
These exercises may help you regain ACL function and shorten recovery time without surgery. However, do not attempt them without approval from your doctor or physical therapist.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
Obviously, ACL tears, surgeries, and the recovery are very time consuming and costly. If a car accident, slip, fall or other accident caused your ACL tear, you need a personal injury attorney to get you compensation for those costs. You can receive compensation for time off work, medical costs, and even pain and suffering. So, don’t wait! Pitman & Petro Injury Attorneys have the experience you need to get the compensation you deserve.
Pitman & Petro Attorneys at Law
The personal injury attorneys at Pitman & Petro Injury Attorneys want to help you with your ACL tear case. Call us at (256)533-5000. We answer our calls every day, any time. Get your free consultation now, or use our Live Chat Feature to reach us. Let us help you today!
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