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What is done for an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What is done for an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Torn or sprained?: It depends on if it was fully torn or sprained. If fully torn, may need arthroscopic acl reconstruction (surgery via 'scope'). If sprained, can rehab with physical therapy and use a knee brace. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Injuries (Definition)

Ligament injuries run the full spectrum from being sprained to being completely torn. Sprains are routinely graded as 1, 2 or 3. Grade 1 & 2 sprains represent ligaments that are intact, but not functioning normally either by causing pain with use (grade 1), or pain and mild looseness or laxity (grade 2). Grade 3 sprains are complete ...Read more


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What are the tests for anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What are the tests for anterior cruciate ligament injury?

PE and MRI: The first step is checking for an acl injury is talking to the patient about their injury and doing a good physical exam of the knee (pe). At this point, most skilled doctors will have a strong suspicion that the acl is torn. X-rays are usually done to make sure there isn't a bad bone injury. Often a MRI is obtained to confirm the diagnosis and look for other, associated injuries. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injury I should be looking for?

What are the symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injury I should be looking for?

Instability: The hallmark of an acl deficient knee is instability or giving way of the knee with higher level activities involving cutting, jumping, pivoting, etc. Some individuals may experience this with routine day to day activities. The initial injury is often described as feeling a "pop" in the knee and followed by development of considerable swelling and variable pain. ...Read more

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Just how bad is a knee anterior cruciate ligament injury at the age of 26?

Just how bad is a knee anterior cruciate ligament injury at the age of 26?

Significant: A tear of your anterior cruciate ligament (acl) is a significant injury to your knee. Reconstructive surgery is often necessary to restore the stability of your knee, if conservative treatment with physical therapy and/or bracing has not been effective. See an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in knee reconstruction to discuss your individual situation. ...Read more

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How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

How do you treat an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Reconstruct if torn: Most anterior cruciate ligament injuries that are complete tears end up being reconstructed by bringing in new tissue to rebuild the torn ligament and to hopefully return full function to the knee and injured patient. ...Read more

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My son has anterior cruciate ligament injury. Is that something serious?

My son has anterior cruciate ligament injury. Is that something serious?

Would depend on trea: This would depend on treatment options you choose. The cruciate injury is a major debilitating injury that can be rehabbed to about 80% of pre injury status when properly evaluated and treated. Would suggest that he be seen by a specialist as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I think my child may have anterior cruciate ligament injury. What would that mean?

I think my child may have anterior cruciate ligament injury. What would that mean?

Orthopedic consult: The anterior cruciate ligament is a key ligament in the knee for stability both going front and back as well as rotationally. Your child would have complaints of giving way, pain, swelling and lack of confidence in using that knee during activity. I recommend you see your local orthopedic surgeon and if possible one fellowship trained in sports medicine. ...Read more

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What does it mean for walking when anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What does it mean for walking when anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Difficulty: One can have pain with walking and especially going up and down steps. There may be decrease in range of motion, swelling, effusion. There may also be locking of knee and giving out of knee. ...Read more

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My daughter has anterior cruciate ligament injury. How will this affect her?

My daughter has anterior cruciate ligament injury. How will this affect her?

Depends: In general it leads to instability of the knee when completely torn and should be repaired or braced to avoid furthervinjury to other structures in her knee. If only the posterior bundle is injured, however, the knee remains stable. The most important factor is her age. If she is past maturity above applies, otherwise she may respond to primary repair. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more