ACL Injury

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ACL Injury

Knee

What is ACL Injury?

ACL Injury, or Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury, is a common knee injury. It occurs when the ligament connecting your thighbone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia) tears and begins to swell. The ACL helps keep your knee stable by preventing it from moving too far forward, backward or sideways.

What are the types of ACL Injury?

There are three types of ACL injuries:

ACL rupture – a complete tear of the ligament

ACL sprain – a partial tear of the ligament

ACL strain – a stretching or overstretching of the ligament

How to diagnose ACL Injury?

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you could have an ACL tear:

  • Pain in your knee—especially at the front of your joint
  • Swelling around the joint that doesn’t go away after a day or two
  • Locking or popping sounds when you move your knee
  • A feeling like your knee isn’t stable when you walk or run

What are the causes of ACL Injury?

An ACL injury happens when your knee turns inwards (called “lateral rotation”), usually during a twisting motion.

The cause of an ACL injury is usually a combination of several factors, including:

  • Lack of strength in the quadriceps muscles (the muscles on the front of the thigh)
  • Injury to other structures in the knee such as meniscus or cartilage
  • Tightness or weakness in the hamstrings (the back of the thigh)

What are the symptoms of ACL Injury?

The symptoms of ACL injury can be quite varied, and they will depend on the extent of the injury and how quickly you seek treatment.

If you have a partial tear of your ACL, it may not cause any symptoms at all. If you have a complete tear, however, there are some common symptoms that are likely to occur:

  • Pain in the knee
  • Swelling and bruising around the knee
  • Instability when walking or turning
  • A feeling of giving way in the knee

What are the risk factors of ACL Injury?

ACL injury is a common sports injury. It’s most common in women, but men can also be affected.

The most common risk factors for ACL injury include:

  • A history of ACL injury
  • Running and jumping sports, such as soccer and basketball
  • Having naturally narrow or tight knees
  • Not warming up before playing
  • Playing on hard surfaces
  • Playing with a history of knee injuries
  • Being overweight
  • Suddenly changing direction or speed while running or jumping

Recommended Exercise

Knee

What are the exercises for ACL Injury?

There are a few exercises that are recommended for ACL Injury.

Quad sets

Squats are also great exercises for strengthening your knees, and they can be especially helpful after an ACL tear.

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Push one leg up toward the ceiling. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly lower it down. Repeat this motion 10 times with each leg.

Straight-leg raises

Straight-leg raises is another exercise that can help strengthen your quadriceps and prevent injury.

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Raise one leg straight up toward the ceiling, hold for 5 seconds, then lower it down slowly. Repeat this motion 10 times with each leg.

Heel slides

This is a great exercise to work on balance and stability. It helps you learn how to move without putting pressure on your knee joint.

Just stand on one foot, then slide your foot down like you’re trying to touch the ground with the ball of your foot. Repeat this about 20 times, then switch feet.

What are the treatments for ACL Injury?

There are several treatments for ACL injury, including physical therapy, surgery, and medication.

Physical therapy is a common treatment for ACL injuries. It can help you regain strength and flexibility in your knee, which can help you get back to doing the activities you love.

Surgery is another common treatment for ACL injuries. During surgery, doctors use screws or other devices to hold the torn ligament in place while it heals. This is called surgical reconstruction. Surgery often includes arthroscopy—a procedure that uses a tiny camera to look inside the knee joint.

Medication may also be used to treat ACL injuries. For example, some people may take anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Advil®) or aspirin to reduce pain and swelling after an ACL injury.

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Knee

What brace is used for ACL Injury?

ACL braces are used to stabilize the knee and help support the injured ligament. They are typically worn after surgery, but they can also be worn as a preventative measure.

The most common type of brace is called a functional brace. These braces provide compression to the knee in order to help prevent further injury and promote healing. They are usually worn for several weeks following surgery and then intermittently throughout the year.

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