The ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament connects the bottom of the thigh bone or femur to the top of the shin bone or tibia. It is one of the four knee ligaments that keep the knee stable and prevent rotational stress. ACL is the weakest of these four ligaments and can get torn when subject to excessive stress.
ACL injuries are common among athletes and active individuals, especially during sports that involve sudden halts and changes in direction, such as basketball and soccer.
Symptoms of an ACL injury
- “Popping” or a “clicking” sensation in the knee
- Severe pain
- Inability to continue activity
- Swelling within a few hours
- Loss of range of motion
- Feeling of instability
Treatment for ACL Injury
To avoid more damage, such as meniscus tears and degenerative joint disease, reconstructive ACL surgery is done. Such surgery also provides stability and function in the knee. Your surgeon may use the repair tissue from your own hamstring (autograft) or from a cadaver (allograft).
Prevention of ACL Injuries
You can reduce the chances of an ACL injury with adequate warm up before activity, training drills to improve power and agility and by improving balance.
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