Commonly known as the ACL, the anterior cruciate ligament is a ligament in the knee that helps to provide stability for the knee while also connecting the upper leg and shinbones. It is of the four main knee ligaments along with the medial collateral, lateral collateral, and posterior cruciate ligaments.
Athletes very commonly experience damage or injury to the anterior cruciate ligament. Studies suggest that this damage is more common in women, but it certainly affects both genders. It is especially commonplace for those who play sports such as soccer, football, and basketball, among others.
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Symptoms and Causes of ACL Damage
Most incidences of ACL damage occur during sports or athletic activity. It is estimated that nearly 200,000 injuries occur each year and half of those injuries require torn ACL surgery to repair the damage. Common signs and symptoms of ACL injury include:
- Popping or snapping in the knee
- Swelling in the knee
- Pain in the knee
- Tenderness around the knee
- Reduced range of motion in the knee
- Feeling of instability in the knee
When to Consider Torn ACL Surgery
In some cases, damage to the ACL may be treatable using nonsurgical techniques. These include measures such as rehabilitation and use of a knee brace. This option works best for people with partial tears and more sedentary lifestyles. For those who are highly active, surgery is often the preferred option.
Torn ACL surgery is an arthroscopic procedure that uses a small camera and a minimally invasive technique to replace the torn ACL with a new graft. In most cases patients are able to return to an active lifestyle after torn ACL surgery.
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