ACL Injuries - Treatment: Non-operative

The ACL does not reliably heal well on its own. Although this is true, about one-third of all patients will do well without surgery. A patient who does well without surgery is:

  • older or less active
  • one who decreases his or her activity level
  • one who avoids pivoting sports

These patients can expect a fair to good outcome just by learning to cope with their injury.

Patients who do not do well with non-operative treatment are usually described as:

  • younger or active patients
  • those who like to participate in pivoting sports

These patients are more at risk for reinjury. For these people, the likelihood of further damage to other ligaments or cartilage is quite high. A common reinjury is tearing a meniscus, which can lead to degenerative arthritis in the years to come.

Patients who are less active and do not participate in pivoting sports can continue to have a high quality of life with a good rehabilitation program. A partial tear to the ACL is usually treated in this manner.


About Doctor Barrow...

Dr Michael Stuart Barrow is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in knee surgery. He practices from Sunninghill Hospital and the Waterfall Sports Centre.
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Contact Details

Dr. Michael Barrow

Tel: 011 806 1772/0 and 011 806 1657
Fax: 011 806 1796
Cell: 082 925 4940

After Hours:
Sunninghill Casualty: 011 806 1652

Sunninghill Hospital
Suite 5, East Wing
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