An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is a common knee injury that usually occurs during sports and physical activities. The skilled team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics diagnose and treat ACL tears in adolescents and adults at four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee. If you think you or your child has an ACL tear, call the nearest office, or book an appointment online today.
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.
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.
You may hear or feel a pop in your knee when you tear your ACL. Other signs and symptoms of an ACL tear include:
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.
The team at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics asks 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 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 surgery. After surgery, physical therapy is an essential part of your rehabilitation process.
For advanced care of an ACL tear, call Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, or book an appointment online today.
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