ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Sprain

Our clinic treats ACL injuries of the knee. The knee joint contains 4 main ligaments, with the ACL being one of them, that provide support and stability to the knee, and limit its movement. One of the ligaments is the ACL, located in the center of the knee. An ACL sprain describes the partial to complete disruption of the ACL.

An ACL sprain is the most commonly injured knee ligament. A sudden twisting motion where the foot remains planted, but the knee turns another way is a likely mechanism of injury. Prolonged or repetitive tension on the ACL can also cause a sprain.

Risk factors include:

  • Sports involving contact and/or jumping (basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics
  • Falling on a slippery surface
  • Poor conditioning

Often, individuals hear or feel a pop in the knee at the time of the injury, but pain at that time may vary. Swelling begins within a few hours and may last up to a week.

Surgery is required for severe sprains, however, individuals with mild sprains can opt for conservative treatment such as massages and electrotherapy. A protective knee brace is also very helpful.

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