The ACL, short for Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is a small structure located
close to the middle of the knee, which plays a key role in preventing
the thighbone from sliding backward on the tibia. It is also responsible
for stabilizing the knee during rotation. Overstretching of this ligament
can lead to it getting torn, which is usually accompanied with severe
pain and loss of movement in the knee.
OrthoTexas, Allen TX, provides state-of-the-art treatment for a torn ACL.
Our team of world-class orthopedic physicians, surgeons, and physical
therapists follow a patients-first philosophy, ensuring the highest level
of orthopedic care for sports and spine-related injuries. Here is an overview
of the symptoms, causes, and
treatment of torn ACL, to better help you understand the condition:
- A sudden popping sound following impact
- Swelling around the knee
- Instability in the knee accompanied with a “wobbly” feeling
- Pain, ranging from moderate to severe
- Continued athletic activity following a torn ACL can result in more severe
symptoms such as massive cartilage damage
- The condition is associated with an increased risk of unexpected falls,
when the knee gives way without warning.
- Rapid deceleration in athletes, followed by a sudden change in direction,
is a common cause of a torn ACL.
- Major positions that are linked to ACL failure are stiff-legged landing,
or twisting of the knee while landing.
- Women in sports are more prone to the disorder than their male counterparts,
mainly owing to differences in anatomy, lower muscular strength, longer
reaction time, and hormone-induced changes in muscle tension.
If you experience any of the aforementioned symptoms following an injury,
you should schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist at OrthoTexas,
Allen, without any further delay. We provide non-surgical (conservative)
as well as surgical treatment options depending on the extent of damage.
Non-surgical treatment involves
physical therapy and the use of a knee brace. For patients who need to continue participating
in sports involving twisting and cutting motions, reconstructive surgery
is highly recommended. It is important for patients to undergo rehabilitation
following surgery, to stabilize the joint and strengthen the surrounding
muscles. The rehabilitation is divided into phases, starting with early
rehabilitation for short-term management of pain and swelling, and gradually
progressing to a controlled ambulation phase, a moderate protection phase,
a light activity phase, and finally a return to activity phase.