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ACL Tear Doctors in Nashville

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics -  - Orthopedics

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Nashville, TN & Franklin, TN

An anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL tear, is a common knee injury that usually occurs during sports and physical activities. The knee specialists at Elite Sports Medicine diagnose and treat torn ACLs in adolescents and adults at four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee. If you think you suffered an ACL injury, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.

ACL Tears and other ACL Injuries

What is an ACL tear?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the bands of tissue that connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia) in your knee joint. The ACL crosses the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) to form an X. Together, these ligaments control the back-and-forth motion of your knee.

When your knee experiences a great force or more stress than it can bear, an ACL tear or sprain may result.

What causes an ACL tear?

Most ACL tears occur during high-impact sports that involve jumping and landing or sudden stops and rapid changes in direction. Athletes who participate in sports like basketball, soccer, football, gymnastics, and skiing are most likely to get an ACL tear.

Sometimes, ACL tears result from trauma, like a car accident or a bad fall.

What symptoms occur with an ACL tear?

You may hear or feel a pop in your knee when you tear your ACL. Other signs and symptoms of an ACL tear include:

  • Rapid swelling
  • Severe knee pain
  • Loss of full range of motion
  • Discomfort while walking
  • Instability or feeling like your knee is giving way

It’s crucial to seek treatment right away if you experience an injury that causes signs or symptoms of a torn ACL. Returning to sports without proper treatment may result in further damage to your knee, such as a meniscus tear.

How are ACL injuries diagnosed and treated?

The knee specialists at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam, checking all the structures of your injured knee. They may take imaging tests like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to rule out other injuries and confirm a diagnosis.

The team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics then creates an individualized treatment plan based on the severity of your ACL injury and your activity demands. 

If your knee is relatively stable and you have a low activity level, they may recommend non-surgical treatment like bracing and physical therapy.

An ACL tear won’t heal without surgery, so athletes who want to return to sports may need ACL reconstruction surgery. The team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics typically uses minimally invasive arthroscopy to perform ACL reconstruction surgery. After surgery, physical therapy is an essential part of your rehabilitation process.

For advanced care of an ACL tear in Nashville or Franklin, TN, call Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics or book an appointment with a Nashville knee doctor online today.


Our ACL Tear Specialists

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