What is a torn ACL?

The knee joins your upper leg bone (the femur) with the lower leg bone (the tibia) in a joint that’s strong and flexible. Four ligaments hold the two bones in the proper positions relative to one another, and the Anterior Cruciate Ligament or “ACL” is one of them. ACL injuries include full or partial tears of the ligament itself; separation of the ligament from one of the bones it’s anchored to; or a separation that actually takes a piece of the bone away with the ligament.

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ACL injuries can be sudden and unmistakable; as symptoms include pain and swelling, a lack of support, or the lower leg may move forward in relation to the upper leg.

Depending upon the type and severity of the injury, ACL problems can be treated with physical therapy, braces or surgery. In active individuals, tears are best treated with surgical reconstruction. Significant rehabilitation is required in many cases. Contact Dr. Steven Struhl today at (888) 451-8890 if you’re suffering from an ACL injury.

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