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Signs You May Have an ACL Injury

Injuries to the knee should not be taken lightly because of the complex makeup of bones, ligaments, tendons and tissues that all work together. It’s important to get a prompt diagnosis to determine the severity of the injury.

You should seek immediate care if you experience any of these symptoms that indicate an ACL injury:

  • A popping sound on injury
  • Knee pain, especially when putting weight on the knee
  • Swelling, sometimes occurring a few hours after the injury
  • Limited range of motion
  • Feeling that the knee isn’t stable

ACL Injury Care

Treatment for your injury will include rehabilitation exercises to help you regain strength and stability, wearing a knee brace and, depending on your lifestyle and the severity of your injury, possible ACL knee surgery. Surgery to repair or replace the torn ligament is usually followed by more physical therapy.

ACL repair is a minimally invasive procedure, performed arthroscopically, and can usually be done as an outpatient procedure. Most ACL tears can’t be stitched back together so a new ligament must be constructed, using a tissue graft for the new ligament to grow on.

After your ACL reconstruction surgery, a strict physical therapy regimen must be followed in order to restore your knee function and strengthen the leg muscles that support your knee. For athletes, it can take up to six months after surgery to regain full use of your knee.

Request a referral to one of our orthopedic knee specialists or call today to make an appointment.

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Sources:
Medline Plus, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Family Physicians

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