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Can a torn ligament repair itself?

I am a 37 year old male. I have a torn ligament in my hip. Can a torn ligament repair itself?

5 Answers

Partial tear repairs itself with physical therapy while total tear needs arthroscopic repair.
Yes, a torn hip ligament can repair itself. However, it is very rare that anyone sustains a hip torn ligament
If it is a torn ligament, many of them can heal on their own. However, don't confuse a ligament with a torn labrum. Labral tears do not heal themselves.

It depends. The MCL of the knee, the lateral ankle ligaments heal with little or no treatment. However, rotator cuff, ACL of the knee, meniscus of the knee, labral tears of the hip, and abductor hip tears do not heal.

Hope it helps,

Dr. Bose