Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

What is the ACL?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four main ligaments in the knee that hold the bones together and keep your knee secure. The ACL provides both anterior and rotational stability for the knee.

How do injuries to the ACL happen?

ACL injuries most commonly occur during athletic activities, however can also happen while doing any type of abrupt movement or jumping. Athletes who engage in sports like football, soccer, and basketball are more likely to injure their ACL. The ACL can also tear due to traumatic injuries, such as a car accident or slipping and falling. Studies show that female athletes have a higher chance of suffering an ACL injury due to differences in muscular strength and neuromuscular control.

Symptoms of ACL injuries

Symptoms of an ACL tear or rupture can range from patient to patient but the most common include:
  • Popping sound or sensation at the time of injury
  • Pain with swelling within 24 hours of the injury
  • Feeling of instability or giving way of the knee
  • Inability to continue physical activity
  • Discomfort with movement
  • Joint tenderness

When should I see a doctor?

Because ACL injuries are likely going to worsen without proper treatment, you should have your knee evaluated as soon as possible after the initial injury. Our board-certified and fellowship trained sports medicine specialists are highly experienced and prepared to give you the best treatment plan possible to get you back to normal. Schedule an appointment today at one of our 21 convenient locations or visit one of Urgent Care clinics in Nashville, Hendersonville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, or Clarksville.

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