ACL Injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of your most important knee ligaments. It helps keep your joint stable during activities that involve twisting, turning or side-stepping.

What is ACL injury?

Your ACL provides important information to the muscles around your knee by sending signals through your nerves (proprioception). This helps protect your knee during activities. Your ACL runs from the back of the femur (thigh bone) to the front of the tibia (shin bone).

When your ACL is injured you may experience a popping sensation or sound, this is usually followed by immediate swelling due to bleeding into your knee (haemarthrosis).

Damage can occur during a non-contact twisting movement. Additional knee injuries can occur at the same time. These can include cartilage tears or damage to your joint surface.

When your ACL is torn the knee can feel like it is giving way, especially during twisting activities. Left untreated it can eventually lead to osteoarthritis in your knee.

Have I torn my ACL? How do I treat an ACL tear?

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