The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) lies deep within the knee joint. An ACL tear is a fairly common knee injury in sports that involve changing direction and turning, occurring most notably by landing from a jump onto a bent knee then twisting, or landing on a knee that is over-extended. In collision sports, direct contact to the knee from opponents can cause an ACL injury.
A Knee Brace can be an effective treatment in some individuals, but in sporting individuals knee surgery for ACL reconstruction is usually indicated to restore knee joint stability and reduce the risk of developing knee arthritis in the long term. Following ACL surgery, physical therapy rehabilitation is very important.
Common ACL injury signs & symptoms: