It has been considered that healing abilities of ACL is very poor, and actually ruptured ACL barely heal spontaneously. This is a report of a case that a tear of ACL is healing spontaneously by Naturalization Therapy. This therapy is generated from a philosophy that humans’ natural motions are learned in 0-year old age. So, if we lost the function of the knee, we should retrieve it from a beginning.
History of the injury:
- 34 year old, male
- Twisted his right knee in skiing
MRI of 3 days after the accident
MRI of 3 month after the accident
MRI of 7 months after the accident
Movie of the physical assessment 7 months after the accident.
The ruptured ACL is healing spontaneously, and his physical condition 7 months after the accident is almost normal. He can move and have a daily life without any pain and any disorder. Amazingly, there is no joint laxity in the affected knee. This healing process is still continuing, and I estimate that the process will continue at least for a year. Before deciding an ACL surgery, I strongly suggest you to try a Naturalization Therapy as a primary option.
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