This is one of the most common knee injuries involving the knee. You may have heard of professional athletes suffering from this injury/condition.
The anterior cruciate ligament is the ligament in the knee joint that is attached diagonally forming an “X” figure with the posterior cruciate ligament. These ligaments are responsible for controlling the knee’s back and forth motion. These also provide rotational stability of the knee. These also prevent sliding of tibia anteriorly in front of the femur.
Most of the patients diagnosed with this problem often have chief complaints of pain in the knee with “feeling the knee is unstable” or “I cannot trust my knee when walking especially on an uneven surface.” The knee may have limited range of motion and oftentimes are swollen. They also may have heard a “pop” directly related to trauma/injury.
Our orthopedic specialists here at Orthosports Medical Center would need to do a series of tests to better address each symptom. The specialist would need to do physical examination, and patient would be asked to change into comfortable and non-constricting shorts to expose the knee for better examination.
These strains may be classified depending on the severity or extent of the injury which may fall under the following categories:
Treatment may vary depending on the extent of the injury, and the patient’s need for invasive treatment. There may be 2 types of approaches, which are:
Although the only treatment for this kind of injury is done surgically, some patients may opt not to do it invasively, depending on their needs. Age relatedness and activities in which they need to be able to participate are a big part in the decision making.
Athletes, for example, needs to have the surgery done because they need to get back to their sports activities. On the other hand, older people or not so active people may prefer not to have it corrected as they are not demanding their knees too much.
If they opt not to have it corrected, they may use conservative treatments which may include the following:
As most ACL tears cannot be stitched back together, it oftentimes is reconstructed. That is, taking grafts from other tendons and attaching it as to where the ligament is supposed to be.
There are many options as to which tendon may be used.
You may discuss with our orthopedic specialists as to which tendon is most likely a good donor for the graft.
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