A torn ACL is a common, but serious knee injury. Patients with a torn ACL often complain of instability and knee pain.
Left unattended, an ACL injury can linger for years, causing ongoing pain and limited mobility. If an ACL tear is not repaired, you risk further injury and permanent damage to your knee.
If your knee is unstable, feels like it is "giving out," or if you have trouble fully bending or extending your knee, it's time to contact the orthopedic specialists at BayCare Clinic.
Understanding ACL Tears
The knee is a hinged joint held together by four ligaments. The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, provides stability for the knee. If the ACL is injured, you could lose the ability to run, walk, climb or bend.
ACL injuries are often the result of quick twist or a blow to the knee. When your ACL is torn, it no longer has the full strength it needs to hold your joint in place.
The joint is only as strong as the muscles that support it. If you have an ACL injury that has not fully healed, you will experience extra movement in your knee and are at higher risk for additional injury.
Treatment for a Torn ACL
An ACL tear is an extremely common knee injury. With proper diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, patients often return to their pre-injury activities.
If you have a torn ACL, your doctor will first focus on treatments to reduce the pain and swelling. Next, depending on the damage to your knee, your orthopedic specialist may recommend surgery.
In many cases, athletes and other active individuals choose ACL reconstruction surgery so they can continue to enjoy their favorite activities without limitation. A torn ACL ligament is reconstructed using a tissue graft that is harvested from the patient or a tissue donor. Our surgeons may use hamstring, patellar tendon, quadriceps or cadaver tissue to reconstruct an ACL. ACL reconstruction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed using minimally invasive, arthroscopic techniques.
Whether you choose ACL surgery or not, physical therapy will definitely be a part of your healing process. You will be given exercises to strengthen your muscles and regain full range of motion.
The goal of any treatment plan is to reduce pain, improve mobility, and reduce the likelihood of further injury. As our patient, you will receive individualized care designed to return you to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
You can trust BayCare Clinic for personalized care, backed by the latest advancements in knee surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons are board certified, and our orthopedic program is designed to maximize positive patient results.
Please request an appointment online or call our office. No referral required.