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10-25-2010 @ 7:33PM
Ok, I have to rant a little. 1) You tear ligaments, not break them2) He is wearing a brace and not a cast3) I saw comments saying it was the ACL he tore, that was never mentioned in the article. There are 4 major ligaments that are in the knee: ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL. The PCL is the only one that is not normally fixed surgically./endrant
10-25-2010 @ 6:56PM
technically its posible to "break" a ligament, like you would have a break in a cable.also froma a medical perspective, tear is an awful term. usually tear is applied to things like skin or muscle, usually where the tissue is soft and stretchy. tear also inplies an imcomplete partition of the tissue, so the tissue is still connected, but just by strands. the most common injury involving and ligament, let alone an immensly strong ligament like the one in the knee, is for the ligament to pull of the bone with a piece of the bone still attatched. its most likely he injured his ACL if he requires surgeory.
10-25-2010 @ 7:24PM
Actually, at times the other ligaments won't be repaired surgically either. I have a partial ACL tear, and the docs want to wait for it to tear the rest of the way before it is repaired. I could've opted for surgery right away, but deceided to wait. Sucks since it is painful, but since I don't play a lot of basketball it isn't so bad.
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