Years ago, back when they fixed cruciate tears with fish line, I brought in a young dog with hind leg lameness to my old vet. He couldn't feel anything on the drawer test. Heck, the dog didn't show anything with all kinds of poking, prodding and twisting. Doc told me it could be a partial tear. He told me to give crate rest and go ahead run the dog when he wasn't limping anymore. Doc said when I started working him again if it was a partial tear it would get worse and worse eventually becoming a full tear at which point they'd have to fix it. In my case Tracker got better after a week of crate rest and became my first FC/AFC.
Is the prognosis for a partial tear any different than a full tear?