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Three bones form the bone structure of the knee joint: the femur, the tibia, and the patella. The anterior cruciate ligament or ACL is one of the four main ligaments that attach the femur to the tibia.

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Description

A high impact injury, like a twist or bend in the knee, can cause a knee joint to slide forward. The ACL can become sprained, stretched, loosened, or torn completely. Most ACL injuries occur when the ligament tears completely into two parts.

Symptoms

After an injury, individuals may notice a “popping” noise from the ACL tear. The knee can give out, and also lead to the following symptoms:

  • Pain and swelling immediately after the tear
  • Limited knee movement
  • Knee joint tenderness
  • General discomfort from leg movement

It is important to note that while swelling may resolve on its own, your knee may still be suffering from a torn ACL.

Recovery

The ACL can be partially torn or completely torn. Those with a partially torn ACL can expect a rehabilitation and recovery period of at least three months. Patients with complete ACL ruptures are dealing with a more serious issue. Some patients are unable to participate in their sports or activities in the future.

In general, ACL procedure will require a few months for recovery. Physical therapy, in addition to other care methods, will be used to restore the movement and mobility of the knee. Individuals will have to strengthen their new ligament and gradually add stress. Finally, patients can begin working towards more athletic-related movement and eventually return to their sport.