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About ACL injury

About ACL injury

An ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — one of the strong bands of tissue that help connect your thigh bone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia).

 

ACL injuries most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops or changes in direction, jumping and landing — such as soccer, basketball, football and downhill skiing.

 

Many people hear a pop or feel a “popping” sensation in the knee when an ACL injury occurs. Your knee may swell, feel unstable and become too painful to bear weight.

Symptoms of ACL injury

Symptoms of ACL injury

Symptoms include:

Causes of ACL injury

Causes of ACL injury

ACL injuries often happen during sports and fitness activities that can put stress on the knee:

 

There are a number of factors that increase your risk of an ACL injury, including:

 

Being female — possibly due to differences in anatomy, muscle strength and hormonal influences

Participating in certain sports, such as soccer, football, basketball, gymnastics and downhill skiing

Poor conditioning

Using faulty movement patterns, such as moving the knees inward during a squat

Wearing footwear that doesn’t fit properly

Using poorly maintained sports equipment, such as ski bindings that aren’t adjusted properly

Playing on artificial turf

Prevention of ACL injury

Prevention of ACL injury

You can prevent ACL injury by:

 

 

 

 

Treatment of ACL injury

Treatment of ACL injury

ACL injury is treated through one or more treatment alternatives, namely:

FAQ
FAQ

Yes, you can walk with ACL tears. However, walking  can be extremely painful.

Most people recover from an ACL tear within six to nine months.

The ACL cannot heal on its own because there is no blood supply to this ligament.