At SBF Sports & Hand Centre, our experienced team of specialists, including Dr KC Ang, Dr Sean Leo, and Dr Bryan Tan, offers specialist care and treatment for various knee conditions and injuries, including ligament injuries like ACL and PCL tears.
Understanding the Role of Cruciate Ligaments in Knee Stability
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), located at the centre of the knee joint, plays a critical role in facilitating movements such as twisting, jumping, and pivoting while ensuring the knee’s stability. It is particularly susceptible to injuries during high-energy sports like football and basketball.
Symptoms and Initial Response to ACL Tears
When the ACL is torn, individuals often report a distinct popping sensation, followed by immediate pain and joint swelling. In some cases, the knee might even be dislocated. Initial treatment for ACL tears typically includes elevating the affected leg and using supports to alleviate the discomfort. Once the severity of the tear has been thoroughly assessed, surgical intervention may be deemed necessary.
Deciphering ACL Reconstruction Surgery
ACL Reconstruction Surgery is a precise procedure that involves replacing the torn ACL with the tendon from the hamstring muscles or the patellar tendon of the same injured leg. A patient usually requires about six to eight months of recovery post-surgery before resuming active sports.
Unravelling Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears
The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), akin to the ACL, is located at the back of the knee joint. PCL tears, generally, do not necessitate surgery and can recover effectively through a well-structured physiotherapy regimen. However, if the structures outside the knee are also damaged in conjunction with a PCL tear, it could lead to a Posterolateral Complex (PLC) injury that may require surgical intervention.
Our Commitment to Your Knee Health
At SBF Sports & Hand Centre in Singapore, our dedicated doctors are equipped to manage a comprehensive range of knee conditions and injuries, such as ACL tears and meniscal tears. Our team’s collective expertise spans various complex procedures, including cartilage repair and knee replacement surgery. With our personalized care and treatment strategies, we’re committed to helping you regain your mobility and maintain your active lifestyle.
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