Natural Healing of an ACL tear – Healed but chose surgery – Case 31

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The case reports of ACL natural healing

Patient Information:

  • Nationality: Russian
  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 16 years

Incident Description:

On April 4, 2022, the patient was playing football when he experienced a twisting and collapsing incident involving his right knee. An MRI was performed on the same day.

Diagnosis:

  • Primary Diagnosis: Complete tear of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), specifically in the middle part, classified as Type 2.
  • Secondary Observations:
    • The meniscus showed no signs of damage.
    • A slight damage was noted in the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL).

Treatment:

The patient commenced online sessions with Jun Matsumoto on May 10, 2022. The treatment plan involved a specific set of exercises known as “Evo-Devo Exercises.” During this therapy, the patient was instructed not to engage in any other forms of exercise. Additionally, he did not use a knee brace during the course of his treatment. After three months of the treatment, he took the next MRI.

MRI evaluation:

In the patient’s subsequent MRI, the healing of the ACL fibers did not progress as anticipated. The fibers appeared thin, and the condition was classified as Grade III. (Ihara’s ACL healing classification) During the Lachman test, the knee’s instability was rated as 2 out of 3. However, there was a positive note in that the quadriceps muscle showed signs of recovery. Given these mixed results, it was decided to continue with the conservative therapy approach.

Accident:

On November 8, 2022, despite his father’s advice against it, the patient began playing basketball. Approximately 15 minutes into the game, he suddenly heard a clicking sound in his knee, followed by severe pain, which led him to stop playing immediately. Subsequently, his knee became swollen. An MRI taken on November 27 showed that there was no complete tear of the ACL, and no significant changes were observed from the previous MRI results.

ACLR surgery:

Given the patient’s young age, the remaining instability in the knee, and the fear of reinjury, the decision was ultimately made to proceed with ACL reconstruction surgery. This choice was influenced by the need for a more stable and definitive solution to ensure the patient’s long-term knee health and functionality.

Consideration and reflection:

The approach of not using a knee brace during treatment raises questions about its impact on the healing process. Additionally, the patient’s early return to playing basketball, which resulted in the accident, suggests the need for a more cautious approach to resuming sports activities post-injury. These aspects highlight the necessity for further study and evaluation of treatment protocols.

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Quick Natural Healing of an ACL partial tear – Healed Case 30

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The case reports of ACL natural healing

Patient information:

Japanese, female, 40 years old
On Nov.12th, 2022, she did a jumping kick during kickboxing practice and twisted when she landed on her left foot. She continued her practice for about an hour right after that. She felt her knees give way.

On Nov.21st, she took the first MRI, but the old MRI didn’t show the good resolution for diagnosis. On Dec.6th, she took the second MRI, and it indicates:

Partial tear of ACL

She didn’t feel any problem in having the normal daily activities. She didn’t feel giving way on the knee. However, the injured knee was a bit loose through the anterior drawer test. Therefore, she stopped not only practicing kickboxing but also stopped any other form of exercise. Not only that, but she stopped fully extending her knees.

Starting Dec. 7th, she initiated online therapy with Jun Matsumoto and continued Evo-Devo Exercises for five weeks. On Jan. 16th, 2023, the third MRI scan was performed.

MRI indicates:

The fibers, which had become sagging due to partial rupture, regained their tautness and straightness.

Future Prospects and Considerations:

Despite only five weeks of treatment, her injured anterior cruciate ligament achieved spontaneous healing. The reason was that the anterior cruciate ligament was partially torn, not completely torn. Another reason may be that the injured ligaments were not separated from each other. With proper treatment, patients with partial anterior cruciate ligament rupture are likely to be able to return to normal daily activities or return to sport earlier than cases with complete rupture.

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Natural Healing of an ACL tear – Healed Case 29

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The case reports of ACL natural healing

Patient Information:

Japanese female, 41 years old. On July 5th, 2022, she experienced a sensation of her right knee dislocating while exerting force on her right leg during a basketball game, rendering her immobile. Although she was able to walk later, she visited a hospital two days after the incident. No joint fluid was aspirated during the examination. An MRI scan was performed on July 12th, revealing the following diagnosis:

Complete right Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear (proximal 1/3)
No meniscal damage.

According to the Ihara’s ACL tear classification of ACL injuries, it was classified as a type 2, which is the torn and disrupted type. After the injury, no giving way of the knee was reported. She did not undergo any physiotherapy involving knee extension post-injury. She had a history of a left Achilles tendon rupture surgery 13 years prior.

Starting July 28th, she initiated online therapy with Jun Matsumoto and continued Evo-Devo Exercises for five months. On December 12th, 2022, a second MRI scan was performed.

MRI indicates:

The evaluation of the MRI images indicated that the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament had restored continuity and healed naturally. According to Ihara’s ACL healing classification, it was classified as grade 3, which is thinned healed fiber.

Future Prospects and Considerations:

Having confirmed natural healing through MRI, she initiated full knee extension training and strength training. By the six-month mark post-injury, she had recovered to a level where she faced no issues in daily life. She is currently undergoing further rehabilitation with the aim of returning to recreational-level sports.

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ACL Healing without surgery – Healed Case 28

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The case reports of ACL natural healing

Patient information:

37 years old, Female, Kazakh living in the U.S.
On February 26th, 2022, he twisted her left knee during skiing. She went through the MRI scan, and the diagnosis was:

Complete ACL tear

According to the Ihara’s classification, this type of ACL tear is classified as disrupted or unclear type. And, this type has been reported as the most difficult type to heal spontaneously.

After the injury, she had been doing some rehabilitation exercises such as strengthening the muscles and 10 min stationary bike under the supervision by a physiotherapist.

On April 29th, she started the Evo-Devo Exercises through the online sessions with Jun Matsumoto, and continued the sessions only for two months. During these months, she stopped doing any strength trainning and focused on the Evo-Devo EXercises. After doing two momths, she started strength training again.

On November 18th, she took the second MRI as poseted below.

MRI indicates:

The MRI shows the clear continuity of the ACL. This healing type can be classified as grade I of the Ihara’s classification, and it is the taut and straight band type of healing.

Future prospects and considerations:

Even though this type of ACL tear has been reported as the most difficult type to heal spontaneously, it has heald upto the best type of healing.

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ACL Healing without surgery – Healed Case 27

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The case reports of ACL natural healing

Patient information:

25 years old, Male, Indian
On April 13th,2022, he twisted this right knee during playing soccer. On April 15th, he went through the MRI scan, and the diagnosis was:

complete ACL tear
tear of the anterior root of the lateral meniscus
mild grade1 tear of the body of the medial meniscus
sprain of the mecial and lateral collateral ligaments

complete ACL tear
medial meniscus tear
anterior root tear of the lateral meniscus

On May 24, he started the Evo-Devo Exercises through the online session with Jun Matsumoto. He had four online sessions in a month, and after that he continued the Evo-Devo EX by himself for three months. On October 2nd, he took the second MRI.

healing into the taut and striaight band
medial meniscus tear remains
anterior root of lateral meniscus remains

MRI indicates:

It can be seen that the completely torn ACL grows into the taut and straight band. And, this morphological type of healing is classified as the type 1 by Ihara’s classification. Although the ACL has been healing into the best morphology, the meniscus tears still remain and have even deteriorated further.

Future prospects and considerations:

Regarding to horizontal tear of meniscus, it could be asymptomatic in many cases. However, it is, of course, better to be healed than not to be healed. There is a need to improve existing treatments to make it heal the unhealed meniscus tears.

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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.

Spontaneous Healing of a Complete ACL Rupture 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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Spontaneous Healing of a Complete ACL Tear – Case 22

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ACL Online Therapy for natural healing

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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ACL tears heal without surgery

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 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