10 Facts About ACL injury


An anterior cruciate ligament injury occurs when the anterior cruciate ligament is either stretched, partially torn, or completely torn.

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MRI is perhaps the most used technique for diagnosing the state of the ACL, but it is not always the most reliable technique as the ACL can be obscured by blood that fills the joint after an injury.

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Around half of ACL injuries occur in conjunction with injury to other structures in the knee, including the other ligaments, menisci, or cartilage on the surface of the bones.

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Nonsurgical treatment for ACL injury rupture involves progressive, structured rehabilitation that aims to restore muscle strength, dynamic knee control and psychological confidence.

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Typically, this approach involves visiting a physical therapist or sports medicine professional soon after ACL injury to oversee an intensive, structured program of exercises.

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ACL injury reconstruction surgery involves replacing the torn ACL injury with a "graft, " which is a tendon taken from another source.

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Timing of ACL reconstruction has been controversial, with some studies showing worse outcomes when surgery is done immediately after injury, and others showing no difference in outcomes when surgery is done immediately compared to when surgery is delayed.

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The most common procedures performed during ACL injury reconstruction are partial meniscectomy and chondroplasty.

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Prognosis of ACL injury is generally good, with many people regaining function of the injured leg within months.

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ACL injury used to be a career-ending injury for competitive athletes; however, in recent years ACL reconstruction surgery followed by physical therapy has allowed many athletes to return to their pre-injury level of performance.

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