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ACL Injury Specialist

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Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Palm Harbor, FL

ACL Injuries Q and A

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What is the ACL?

The ACL – anterior cruciate ligament – is one of the tissue bands that connect your shin bone (tibia) to your thigh bone (femur). It helps keep the knee stable throughout knee motions.  

What is an ACL injury?

Typical ACL injuries involve sprains or tears to this ligament. The condition is associated with sports activities that require pivoting, sudden stops, and jumping and landing. They include football, basketball, soccer, skiing, ballet, and gymnastics. 

Who is at risk for ACL injuries?

Risk factors increase when athletes fail to train, condition, and move properly; use poorly adjusted and ill-fitted sporting equipment; or play on artificial turf. Females are also more prone to ACL injuries than men.

How can I tell I have an ACL injury?

Many people report a popping sensation in the knee followed by swelling, severe pain, an inability to bear weight on the knee, and a sense the knee is unstable or about to “give out.”  It is important to seek treatment quickly to prevent further damage. 

How is an ACL injury diagnosed?

Our orthopedic surgeon will conduct a thorough examination of your knee. The diagnostic process may include:

  • Physical examination of the knee and its range of motion
  • X-rays – While they cannot see cartilage, x-rays can help rule out other knee injuries
  • MRI – Magnetic resonance imaging produces images of both hard and soft tissue, including the anterior cruciate ligament
  • Arthroscopy – A tiny instrument outfitted with a video camera is inserted into your knee cavity to allow for full visualization

How is an ACL injury treated?

An accurate diagnosis by our board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists will determine the severity of your ACL injury create the best plan of care. Treatment may include:

  • Rest and targeted rehabilitation to increase joint strength and stability
  • Surgery to replace the torn ligament followed by rehabilitation
  • A proper training program to help reduce the risk of re-injury

Don’t take risks with a complex joint like the knee. Get a fast, accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment by contacting Orthopedic Specialists or booking an appointment online.

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