Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (Torn ACL)
Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) facts
- What is the function of the knee joint?
- What is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?
- What causes a torn ACL?
- What are symptoms and signs of a torn ACL?
- How is a torn ACL diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a torn ACL?
- How long does it take to recover from a torn ACL?
- What is the prognosis of a torn ACL?
- Can ACL tears be prevented?
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Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) facts
- The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four ligaments in the knee that provides stabilization.
- Torn ACLs are a common knee injury with more than 200,000 occurring every year in the U.S. Almost 100,000 ACL repair surgeries are performed each year.
- An ACL tear or sprain occurs when a sudden change in direction or pivot occurs on a locked knee.
- A pop, followed by pain and swelling of the knee are the most common symptoms of an ACL tear.
- Women are more likely to tear their ACL because of differences in anatomy and muscle function.
- Treatment goals are to return the patient to his or her preinjury level of function. Arthroscopic surgery may be required to reconstruct the torn ligament.
- It may take six to nine months to return to normal activity after an ACL injury.
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