What is the Anterior
Cruciate Ligament (ACL)?
The ACL allows you to
make a twisting, jumping and pivoting movements all the while stabilising the
knee joint. This ligament is found at the centre of the joint and it is
commonly injured in active sports like football and basketball.
What happens when the
ACL is torn?
Typically you’ll hear
or feel a popping sound when this ligament is injured. This will be followed by
pain and swelling of the joint. The knee might also be displaced from its
position. The first line treatment for ACL tears is elevating the legs and
using supports. Once the tear is fully evaluated, surgery could be considered.
What is the ACL
This surgery involves
replacing the torn ACL with the tendon of the hamstrings muscle or the patellar
tendon of the same leg the joint is injured. It usually takes about six to
eight months for the patient to return to active sports after the surgery.
Ligament (PCL) Tears
similar to the ACL is the posterior cruciate ligament that is located at the
back of the knee joint. Tears of the PCL usually don’t require surgery and can
heal through proper physiotherapy. If the structures outside the knee are also
involved with PCL tears, it can cause the Posterolateral Complex (PLC) injuries
that will need surgery.
Our doctors can help manage knee conditions and injuries such as ACL tears and meniscal tears. Our doctor's expertise includes cartilage repair and knee replacement surgery