A torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a common sports injury, because the nature of the ACL makes it susceptible to popping. The rupture of the ACL often occurs during noncontact sports such as basketball or soccer. When deciding how to treat a torn ACL, doctors are challenged to maintain the natural function of the mechanical components of the knee.
How ACL tears happen
The ACL lies at the center of the knee joint, and its primary role is to protect and stabilize the knee. ACL injuries occur as a result of the knee being hit forcefully, while the leg is straight or extended. Athletes who participate in sports like basketball where they have to land quickly from a jump, or change position while both feet are firmly planted, often experience a high incidence of ACL injuries (read more).
Signs of an ACL tear
If your knee pops and then gives way unexpectedly that is a clear sign of an ACL tear. The knee also gets very swollen, making walking difficult.
How to treat a torn ACL
Surgery is the typical treatment for ACL. However it’s important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon to determine the most appropriate treatment. Surgery is generally recommended for younger, active individuals, or athletes who desire to return to competitive sport.
There are different surgical approaches that can be used to reconstruct the ACL. However arthroscopic surgery using a graft taken from other tendons around the knee is one of the most successful methods.
Exercises designed to improve the range of motion of the need are generally recommended, as well as exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee.
If you need treatment for a torn ACL, set up an appointment with orthopedic surgeon Dr. McCormick in Orlando, FL. Dr. McCormick also has offices in Palm Beach and Miami. You can call 1-888-LESS-DOCS, or go online to http://www.frankmccormickmd.com/contact-us/.