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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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