Dr. Eric P. Rightmire: I see a lot of patients in the office with partial ligament tears within the knee. Complete tears of the ACL for example typically need surgery. The partial tears we tend to treat conservatively with rest, physical therapy and other simple measures in time where these ligaments will usually heal. Occasionally, they will go on to ongoing instability or chronic symptoms which do require further attention, but by far the majority of them do resolve with physical therapy. The big advantage of our practice is we have on-site physical therapy right upstairs from our clinical offices, we have a great relationship with the physical therapists who come down and speak to us regularly about the progress of our patients and how they’re doing and whether they need to be attended to sooner or later depending on how their symptoms are resolving.