Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear – Case 25

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ACL tears heal without surgery

Patient information:

44 years old, Male, Japanese
On April 9th,2022, he was practicing Judo and trying to throw the oppenent. Then, his left knee was twisted internally, and he collopsed down to the ground. He went to the hospital, and Lackman’s test was positive. When he turned the direction, he had gaving way syndrome. He took the MRI on April 19th, and the diagnosis was:

Complete ACL tear
MCL tear

He didn’t want to have a surgery, and he was searching the alternative treatment. He found the Natural Healing Therapy by Jun Matsumoto, and he started the online therapy with him from May 24th, 2022. He had the weekly sessions with Jun and continued doing the Evo-Devo Exercises for five momths. He took the second MRI on October 18th.

The MRI indicates:

The MRI shows the continuity of the ACL. His doctor diagnosed this case as the spontaneous healing of the ACL tear. There was still some signal intesity on the MCL.

Future prospects and considerations:

Jun Matsumoto allowed him to start doing more intense exercises such as squatting and lunge. On November 17th, he got drunk and twisted the left knee again. he says that it wasn’t a serious inury though. Let’s see and follow his prognosis from now on.

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Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear in Children – Case 24

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ACL tears heal without surgery

Patient information:

8 years old, Male, Japanese
On Nov.30, 2021, he injured his left knee by his own movement during playing soccer. On the same day, he was taken to the hospital and scanned through the x-ray. On Dec.11, 2021, he was taken through the MRI scanning, and the diagnosis was:

ACL Tear
Suspected Avulsion Fracture of tibial spine

His doctor said that he was too young to have the ACL reconstruction as there is a high risk of interfering the bone growth. On Jan.18, he and his family visited Jun Matsumoto and started the Evo-Devo EX. for natural healing of the ACL tear. The Lackman’s test was positive. He continued the Evo-Devo EX. through the face-to-face and online sessions. The next MRI was taken on Mar.30.

Even though the MRI pictures don’t show the clear continuity of the ACL, the Lackman’s test was negative at that time. After continuing the Evo-Devo EX. furthermore, he took the third MRI on Aug.17.

The MRI indicates:

Even though the T1 pictures don’t show the clear appearance of the natural healing, the T2 picture(the first one pf 08/17) shows the continuity of the ACL.

Future prospects and considerations:

Due to the poor resolution of the 1.5T MRI, it is difficult to have the exact diagnosis from these MRI. However, from the results of MRI and Lachman’s test, it can be inferred that the ACL healed spontaneously. Around 10 months from the injury, he already recovered the full range of motion of the knee, and started attending the physical education class at school. After one year from the injury, he plans to return to playing soccer.

References:

Tsuchida S et al. Knee ligament injuries in a seven year old child. The Journal of Kansai Arthroscopy and Knee Scociety. 2008.vol.20.no.1.

Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear even after the meniscus repair surgery– Case 23

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ACL tears heal without surgery

Patient information:

59 years old, Male, Japanese
On Dec.28, 2021, he injured his right knee during skiing. On the same day, he was taken to the hospital, and there was no fracture through x-ray. On Jan.13, he was taken to the MRI scanning and diagnoses as:

Complete ACL tear
Buckling of medial meniscus

On Jan.17, he had a surgery for repairing the meniscus, and his knee was immobilized by the cast for three weeks. After the cast was removed, he visited Jun Matsumoto, and he started the Evo-Devo EX. for natural healing of ACL tear. He continued the therapy through face-to-face and online sessions for six months. On August 4, he took the next MRI.

The MRI indicates:

Continuity of ACL fibres

Future prospects and considerations:

In my experience, this is the first case of natural healing of ACL tear after the meniscus repair surgery. I assumed that natural healing would be immpossible, becasue the knee was immobilized for three weeks. Actually, it took a long time to recover the range of motion due to the contracture after the immobilization. Contrary to my assumption, the torn ACL has successfully healed naturally after 6 months of the Evo-Devo EX.. After the natural healing was observed through the second MRI, he started strength trainning as well as Evo-Devo EX. to return to skiing. In October, he already has the normal dialy activities without problem and continues the rehab exercises every day.

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Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear – Case 22

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ACL tears heal without surgery

Patient information:

45 years old, Male, Japanese
He injured her right knee during skiing on February 5th, 2022. On February 10th, she went to the MRI scanning, and the diagnosis was:

Complete ACL tear
MCL tear grade2

On February 21, 2022, he started the online therapy for the natural healing of the ACL tear with Jun Matsumoto. He continued doing Evo-Devo Exercises for six months, and he took the next MRI on August 17th, 2022.

The MRI indicates:

Visible continuity of the ACL

Future prospects and considerations:

According to the new MRI, the visible continuity of the ACL can be seen, even though it is not the perfectly clear one. This morphological healing is classified as the type II of Ihara’s classification, and the healed ACL is the straight band with partial thinning. The patient has healed functionally very well, and he doesn’t feel any pain in the daily activities so far. He will continue the Evo-Devo Exercises and the some strength exercises until he can return to skiing.

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Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear – Case 21

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Patient information:

41 years old, Female, American
She injured her left knee during skiing on February 4th, 2022. On February 10th, she went to the MRI scanning, and the diagnosis was:

Complete ACL tear

On February 27, 2022, she started the online therapy for the natural healing of the ACL tear with Jun Matsumoto. She continued doing Evo-Devo Exercises for four months, and she took the next MRI on July 5th, 2022.

MRI reports:

Modest signs of suffering are detectable in the anterior cruciate ligament which appears slightly reduced in thickness in the middle-distal III with an inhomogeneous signal that tends to be hyperintense in the T2-weighted sequences for slight edematous imbibition with characteristics compatible with the outcomes of a “strain” suffering with probable parcel laceration and persistence of a tenuous edematous suffering of the residual ligament; the ligamentous structure however remains clearly visible along its entire course with modest surrounding synovial thickening and periligamentous liquid layer in the distal insertion tract.

Future prospects:

According to the report above, the torn ACL starts healing naturally, and it will take a while until healing process ends. Jun Matsumoto permitted her to practice the full range of motion of the affecyed knee and start strengthen the quadriceps muscles. Even though she still feels weakness on the affected knee, there is no othere complication in her daily life activities. Further more, she will contines the Evo-Devo Exercises and strength exercises until she gets ready to return to skiing.

References:

Ihara H, Miwa M, Deya K, Torisu K. MRI of anterior cruciate ligament healing. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1996 Mar-Apr;20(2):317-21. doi
Pitsillides A, Stasinopoulos D, Giannakou K. Healing potential of the anterior cruciate ligament in terms of fiber continuity after a complete rupture: A systematic review. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2021 Oct;28:246-254. doi

Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear – Case 20

ACL Online Therapy for natural healing

ACL tears heal without surgery

Patient information:

50 year old, female, Japanese
She injured her left knee during skiing on February 4th, 2022. On February 10th, she went to the MRI scanning, and the diagnosis was:

Complete ACL tear
Medial collatarela ligament tear

On February 15, 2022, she started the online therapy for the natural healing of the ACL tear with Jun Matsumoto. She continued doing Evo-Devo Exercises for six months, and she took the next MRI on August 2nd, 2022.

Incomprehensibly, her doctor rejected that I post her MRI on this page, and so those are not posted here. However, I received the MRI and assessed those.

MRI indicates:

Clearly visible continuity of ACL and MCL

Future prospects:

After the natural healing of the torn ACL is observed, Jun Matsumoto permitted her to practice the complete range of motion and strengthen the quadriceps muscles. She doesn’t feel any instability on her left knee, but she still feels some weakness there. She wants to return to skiing, and she will continue the rehab until she gets prepared to do skiing.

References:

Ihara H, Miwa M, Deya K, Torisu K. MRI of anterior cruciate ligament healing. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1996 Mar-Apr;20(2):317-21. doi
Pitsillides A, Stasinopoulos D, Giannakou K. Healing potential of the anterior cruciate ligament in terms of fiber continuity after a complete rupture: A systematic review. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2021 Oct;28:246-254. doi

Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear – Case 19

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ACL tears heal without surgery

Patient information:

32 year old, male, Romanian
He injured his right knee during practicing Jujutsu on November 22th, 2021. Four days later, he went to the MRI scanning, and the diagnosis was:

Complete ACL tear

On February 25, 2022, he started the online therapy for the natural healing of the ACL tear with Jun Matsumoto. It already has passed for three months from the injury, and it was assumed that the natural healing could be difficult. He understood the difficulty, but he continued doing Evo-Devo Exercises for three months, and he took the next MRI on May 26th, 2022.

The MRI indicates:

Certainly visible continuity of the ACL

Future prospects and considerations

This is a remarkable case of natural healing of ACL tear because it already had passed for three months from the injury at the time of when he started the natural therapy. There was no other ligamentous or meniscus injury, it is assumed that he can retrun to the sport after further rehab exercies.

References:

Ihara H, Miwa M, Deya K, Torisu K. MRI of anterior cruciate ligament healing. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1996 Mar-Apr;20(2):317-21. doi
Pitsillides A, Stasinopoulos D, Giannakou K. Healing potential of the anterior cruciate ligament in terms of fiber continuity after a complete rupture: A systematic review. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2021 Oct;28:246-254. doi

Degenerative Healing of an ACL Tear – Case 2

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Patient Information and Mechanism of Injury

23 years old, male, Japanese, athlete

On December 3, 2021, he twisted his left knee while practicing for a sport called Kabaddi. On the same day, he underwent an MRI examination at the hospital and was diagnosed as follows:

Complete ACL Tear

The patient was enrolled in the Indian professional league, was told by the physiotherapist of his team that he would be able to return in four weeks, and was undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. Although he returned to practice, the pain did not subside, and while searching for information, he came across the natural healing therapy of Jun Matsumoto, and started online treatment from January 10, 2022. After returning to Japan in February of the same year, he continued to receive face-to-face and online treatments, aiming for natural healing. On March 1, we had his second MRI.

MRI image diagnosis showed a tendency of spontaneous healing, but no clear continuity of the ligament could be confirmed. After returning home, he did not train for competition, only did exercise therapy and waited for his ligaments to heal. On May 19, 2022, his third MRI was performed.

The third MRI scan, much the same as the previous one, showed no clear ligament continuity. A manual examination revealed that the knee joint was less instable, suggesting adhesion of the anterior cruciate ligament stump to the posterior cruciate ligament.

Future prospects and considerations

After that, rehabilitation was continued toward the return to competition, but the patient chose reconstructive surgery because the international competition scheduled to be held in the fall of the same year was postponed for one year.

Although the exact reason for the failure of normal spontaneous healing of the anterior cruciate ligament rupture to occur is unclear, two possible causes are presented. One is the misjudgment of the medical staff of the overseas team of which he was enrolled. Despite the complete rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament, he did not rest from training, aiming to return in four weeks. Second, one week after the start of the Evo-Devo Exercises, his symptoms improved dramatically, so he participated in a practice-level practice, where he collapsed his knees. It may be difficult to get athletes to take a break from practice and concentrate on treatment, but this case made us realize again the difficulties and problems of treating athletes.

References

Crain EH, Fithian DC, Paxton EW, Luetzow WF. Variation in anterior cruciate ligament scar pattern: does the scar pattern affect anterior laxity in anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knees? Arthroscopy. 2005 Jan;21(1):19-24. doi: 10.1016

Kittani M, Haviv B, Shemesh S, Yaari L, Yassin M, Rath-Wolfson L. Morphological and Histological Changes in the Human Anterior Cruciate Ligament after Rupture. Isr Med Assoc J. 2021 Jan;23(1):33-37.

Degenerative Healing of an ACL Tear – Case 1

ACL Online Therapy for natural healing

ACL tears heal without surgery

Patient Information and Mechanism of Injury

39 years old, male, Japanese, Occupation: Military officer

On December 2, 2021, he twisted his left knee during a martial arts practice. He had an MRI scan two weeks later and he was diagnosed as follows:

Left knee anterior cruciate ligament tear
medial meniscus
tear

As for the patient’s symptoms, there is discomfort in walking due to limited range of motion. It hurts in complete flexion and twisting his knee. When he moves vigorously, his knee becomes giving way.

From December 20, 2021, he started the online therapy for the natural healing of the ACL tear with Jun Matsumoto. He continued doing the Evo-Devo Exercises for five months, and he took the next MRI on May 9, 2022.

MRI evaluation

Both the tibial and femoral stumps of the torn anterior cruciate ligament appear to be fused with the posterior cruciate ligament. In this case, the anterior cruciate ligament stumps did not fuse together, but the knee regained stability through the fusion with the posterior cruciate ligament. In the medial meniscus, damage to the inner edge only spread to the outer edge and reached the red zone with high blood flow, so natural healing can be expected in the future.

Future prospects and considerations

The patient was interviewed online approximately 8 months after injury. He resumed his sports activities, and his subjective evaluation showed that he had recovered to about 90% of the pre-injury level. In this case, the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament did not normally heal spontaneously and was healed by fusion with the posterior cruciate ligament. Instability of the knee does not remain and achieves sufficient functional recovery.

The reason why normal natural healing did not occur this time is still unclear, but I would like to describe the points that caught my attention. One was that he experienced several knee collapses after performing vigorous exercise several times immediately after the injury. Second, about two months after the start of treatment, he once felt some severe pain when going up and down stairs. In the future, when there is a case of degenerative healing, we will leave such points of concern as data as comparison material.

References

Crain EH, Fithian DC, Paxton EW, Luetzow WF. Variation in anterior cruciate ligament scar pattern: does the scar pattern affect anterior laxity in anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knees? Arthroscopy. 2005 Jan;21(1):19-24. doi: 10.1016

Kittani M, Haviv B, Shemesh S, Yaari L, Yassin M, Rath-Wolfson L. Morphological and Histological Changes in the Human Anterior Cruciate Ligament after Rupture. Isr Med Assoc J. 2021 Jan;23(1):33-37.

Natural Healing of a Complete ACL Tear – Case 18

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Patient information:

34 year old, male, Filipino living in Japan
He injured his right knee during playing Baskaetball on October 24th, 2021. When he changed the direction by loading this weight on the right knee, he twisted the right knee, and he fell down. One week later, he went to the MRI scanning, and the diagnosis was:
Complete ACL tear
Lateral Meniscus tear

On November 11, 2021, he started the face to face therapy for the natural healing of the ACL tear with Jun Matsumoto. He continued doing the Evo-Devo Exercises for five months, and he took the next MRI on April 30,2022.

The MRI report indicates:

Minor tear on ACL but there is the continuity.
Lateral Meniscus tear

Future prospects:

Even though the lateral meniscus still remains, the torn ACL has almost healed naturally by its own. Jun Matsumoto ordered him to spend the normal daily life activity without doing any sport for a few months. They agreed to see how it works later. If the unhealed meniscus impairs the knee in the future, the option for the surgery can be taken.

References:

Ihara H, Miwa M, Deya K, Torisu K. MRI of anterior cruciate ligament healing. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 1996 Mar-Apr;20(2):317-21. doi
Pitsillides A, Stasinopoulos D, Giannakou K. Healing potential of the anterior cruciate ligament in terms of fiber continuity after a complete rupture: A systematic review. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2021 Oct;28:246-254. doi