The ACL or the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in the knee can be injured in several ways:
- Sudden stopping or change of direction
- Abruptly slowing down while running
- Landing from a jump incorrectly
- Direct collision
The ACL is one of the four important knee ligaments. These ligaments hold the knee together. It connects the thigh bone to the shin bone.
The ACL is a tough band of tissue that runs diagonally through the inside of the knee and gives the knee joint stability. An ACL tear is often a result of excessive stress due to one of the reasons explained above.
ACL Injury Symptoms
ACL injuries are often accompanies by a “popping” noise and/or the knee may feel giving out from under you. Other symptoms include:
- Swelling and pain
- Limited range of motion
- Tenderness along the joint
- Discomfort while walking
You may observe swelling within a day of the injury. In some cases, the swelling and the pain may subside on its own but if you attempt to return to activity, the knee is likely to remain unstable. This can result in further damage to the meniscus or the cartilage that cushions your your knee.
To learn more about ACL tear and treatment options or to consult an experienced knee doctor in Gilbert, AZ, call OSPI (Orthopedic and Sports Performance Institute) at 480-899-4333. OSPI offers modern, cutting edge treatments including minimally invasive orthopedic surgery as well as regenerative medicine, such as PRP Therapy in Gilbert, AZ.