ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury

Also known as: ACL

What is an ACL Injury?

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a major ligament located in the knee. If the ACL becomes damaged in some way, this is known as an ACL injury. This injury can range widely in severity from a minor sprain to a major tear that makes it difficult to walk afterward.

What causes ACL injury?

ACL injuries commonly occur in athletes. Actions such as quickly changing direction, pivoting with the foot planted, landing wrong from a jump or a blow to the knee are all common causes of ACL injuries.

What are the symptoms of ACL injury?

Pain, swelling, loss of motion or a feeling of instability in the knee are all common symptoms of an ACL injury.

What are ACL injury care options?

Minor ACL injuries often heal with time with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Surgery may be required to reconstruct a more severe ACL injury. In most cases, rehabilitation and physical therapy is also needed to help a patient heal after an ACL injury.


Reviewed by: Craig J Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/21/2018 12:12:59 PM


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