ACL Tears - When to See a Knee Specialist

ACL Tears Are Serious Injuries That Require Attention from a Knee Specialist

While ACL tears are associated with athletics, they can happen to just about anyone. Age, gender, and activity level are variables that may increase your risk of tearing your ACL. Suddenly stopping or changing directions are among the leading causes of ACL tears, explaining the higher rate of injury in sports like football, soccer, and basketball. If you suffer an ACL tear, it may limit your everyday lifestyle, but it doesn’t require you to put your entire life on hold.

What Is an ACL?

The ACL or, anterior cruciate ligament, is located at the back of the patella (knee cap), and assists knee rotation and stability.

ACL injuries are divided into three different grades:

Signs of an ACL Tear

If you hear or feel a pop in your knee during sudden movements, you may have torn your ACL. Usually, there will be some swelling, as well. Due to weakness and instability in your knees, you may have trouble walking after tearing your ACL.

Treatments

Your physician will provide treatment based on the severity of your ACL tear. Immediately following your injury, it is recommended to use R.I.C.E, or Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. You can expect to wear a brace or use crutches for stability.

Physical Therapy

Depending on your activity level and the severity of your injury, your physician may recommend physical therapy. Your physical therapist will help you restore strength and knee stability. In many cases, patients can return to light sports and activities following physical therapy.

Surgery

Your ACL tear may require surgery if:

Following surgery, you will work with a physical therapist to help rebuild strength and flexibility in your knee.

Fully recovering from your injury may take up to a year if the tear was severe. It’s important to remain committed to your physical therapy but not overdo it. Returning to activities before you are ready may lead to a reinjury of your ACL.

 

Find an ACL Specialist Near You

If you would like to learn more about ACL Tears or would like to book an appointment with an ACL Specialist near you, check out the following pages:

ACL Tear

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Physical Therapy

Burton F. Elrod, MD - come see him at our Midtown and Green Hills locations in Nashville and our Cool Springs office in Franklin, TN. 

David R. Moore, MD - come see him at our Midtown and Green Hills locations in Nashville and our Cool Springs office in Franklin, TN. 

Chad T. Price, MD - come see him at our Midtown and Green Hills locations in Nashville and our Cool Springs office in Franklin, TN.  

Amanda D. Martin, DO - come see her at our Midtown, Centennial, and Green Hills locations in Nashville and our Cool Springs office in Franklin, TN. 

Brian D. Dierckman, MD - come see him at our Southern Hills location in Nashville and our Cool Springs office in Franklin, TN.

 

 

 

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