About ACL Injuries
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur when there is a swift blow to the knee or when the leg is subjected to intense pressure and twisting. During a car crash, knees may bang into the dashboard. In a rollover, the knees may hit the dashboard, door, window, or even the roof of the car.
The level of ACL injury depends on whether the ACL is torn or ruptured. An ACL tear may be painful, but the knee will be stable and able to bear weight. On the other hand, if the ligament ruptures, you will have severe pain and complete loss of joint stability.
ACL Injury Treatment and Recovery
Early diagnosis is not always possible, because of extensive pain and swelling. X-rays or MRIs are helpful in diagnosing an ACL injury. A diagnosis of an ACL injury may require surgery. If a stable knee is important to the patient, then surgery must be performed. An unrepaired, torn ACL will make the patient more likely to develop arthritis in that knee and leave them prone to a meniscus tear.
With or without surgery the recovery time is lengthy — many months. The victim will have to wear a supportive brace and physical therapy is necessary to regain range of motion and strength.
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