The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. When a ligament becomes damaged, there is usually a partial or complete tear. A mild injury may stretch the ligament but leave it intact. High-impact sports involving sudden movement or changes in direction can cause the ACL to become stretched or torn. Athletes who play sports such as tennis, basketball, football, or soccer are typically at a higher risk for developing an ACL injury. Treatment for an ACL injury is often dependent upon the type of injury, the patient’s activity level, and symptoms.
ACL Tear Symptoms
Individuals with an ACL injury may notice a sudden “pop” noise at the moment of the tear. The knee may give out which is usually then followed by knee pain, rapid swelling, knee instability, and limited movement over the next few hours.
ACL Injury Treatment
Whether an ACL injury requires surgery varies from patient to patient. It is often dependent upon the type of tear, the activity level, and the age of the patient. Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for your injury, and if you may be a candidate for ACL surgery.
Surgical treatment involves reconstructing or, in some cases, repairing the ACL. Generally, this is an outpatient minimally invasive procedure performed under general anesthesia. Patients return home the same day.
ACL Surgery Recovery
Recovery after an ACL surgery may take a few months and largely depends on the injury and the patient’s overall health. After the procedure, the knee may be placed in a brace to protect the repair. Some discomfort, pain, and limited mobility should be expected several weeks after surgery. Patients are encouraged to follow the RICE model of self-care at home, which involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Most patients can resume full sporting activity in one year.
Contact Us Today
If you have experienced a serious knee injury and believe that you may have an ACL injury or tear, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg. As a board-certified, fellowship-trained specialist in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Dr. Goldberg is highly skilled in performing an array of orthopedic surgeries, including ACL surgery.