The anterior cruciate ligament – commonly referred to as the ACL – is one of the primary ligaments in the knee. These ligaments also include the posterior cruciate ligament, the medial collateral ligament, and the lateral collateral ligament. They work to connect the tibia to the femur and stabilize the knee.
Injury to the ACL is common, especially among athletes in certain sports that require cutting, planting, twisting, and pivoting. It is estimated that about 200,000 new ACL injuries happen every year in the United States. About half of these cases require ACL repair surgery.
If you think you may need ACL repair surgery, don’t hesitate to contact the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence. Our expert surgeons are ready to help you get the care you need. Call us at 888.428.6865.
ACL Injury Symptoms and Causes
The symptoms of an ACL injury may vary depending on the severity of the injury to the tendon. A partial tear will result in milder symptoms while a complete tear will be more severe. Some of the most frequently encountered signs and symptoms of an ACL tear in the knee are swelling, pain, tenderness, reduced range of motion, feeling of instability, and a popping or snapping. If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advised that you seek the assistance of an orthopedic specialist.
Do You Need an ACL Repair?
While partial ACL tears sometimes result in mild symptoms, more severe or complete tears often require surgical intervention to properly heal. ACL repair is an arthroscopic, or minimally invasive, procedure. During an ACL repair, the surgeon uses a small camera to see inside the knee and replace the damaged anterior cruciate ligament with a graft.
If you think you might be a good candidate for an ACL repair, don’t hesitate to contact the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence today.
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