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Will I need surgery for a knee ligament injury?

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Most lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears don’t need surgery. But if an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is completely torn or stretched beyond its limits, reconstructive knee surgery is the only option.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. 

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 26, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. 

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 26, 2018

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