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ACL Tears & Injuries

ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear is a common and serious injury often caused by activities like running and jumping. Pain, swelling, and instability are common symptoms, so it's important to see a specialist for an accurate diagnosis.
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An ACL tear or injury is a well-known orthopaedic injury that can cause significant pain, swelling, and instability in the knee. It is typically caused by sudden movements like changing directions, stopping suddenly, or landing from a jump. At our practice, we advise patients who suffer an ACL tear or injury to seek immediate attention from one of our specialists. A thorough physical examination is necessary to determine the severity of the injury, and additional diagnostic tests like X-rays and MRI may be ordered as necessary. Treatment options may include medication, physical therapy, immobilization, activity modification, and potentially surgical intervention. Our team of experienced specialists will provide customized treatment plans to help patients recover as quickly and safely as possible. We offer one-on-one appointments with our approved physical therapist to ensure that strength and flexibility are regained after surgery. To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please contact our practice directly.


What is an ACL Tear/Injury?

An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear/injury is one of the most common and well-known orthopaedic injuries. The ACL is a very important ligament because it prevents the tibia (shin bone) from sliding in front of the femur (thigh bone). The ACL stabilizes the knee while walking, running, jumping, and moving from side to side. An ACL tear/injury usually occurs during running and jumping sports and activities. Movements that cause an ACL tear/injury are:

  • Suddenly changing directions
  • Suddenly stopping
  • Landing from a jump

A blow to the knee may also be a cause. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and instability. Patients who sustain an ACL tear/injury should see one of our specialist as soon as possible. A physical examination determines the severity of the tear/injury. Once swelling decreases, X-rays, and an MRI are ordered and analyzed. An accurate diagnosis is always made.

How is an ACL Tear/Injury Treated?

Nonsurgical treatment options are used to treat an ACL sprain or partial tear. The following may be included in a customized OIBO treatment plan:

  • Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease pain and swelling.
  • Physical therapy. Exercises strengthen the ACL and surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • Immobilization. A brace and crutches take the weight off the knee.
  • Activity modification. Slowing down or stopping activities that caused the injury or cause symptom flare-ups.

Complete ACL tears usually require surgical intervention. During an ACL repair, our specialists remove the torn ACL and replace with hamstring tendons or a cadaver ligament. Physical therapy after surgery is an important part of recovery. Strength and flexibility are regained during one-on-one appointments with our approved physical therapist. To schedule your appointment with one of our specialists, call our practice or visit our contact page.

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