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:
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:
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