A 49-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

how to determine if i tore my acl?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Please see link...: "acl is the medical abbreviation for the anterior cruciate ligament. The acl is one of four major ligaments of the knee and stops the lower leg (tibia) from moving forward in relation to the thigh (femur) while providing rotational stability of the knee joint. Two bundles of fiber combine to make the acl..." http://www.Orthonc.Com/sites/default/files/forms/acl-db-web-page-rev-punched-redo.Pdf.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Berg
28 years experience Sports Medicine
ACL: A pop at the time of injury followed by an inability to resume the activity and subsequent swelling, stiffness and pain are very common. Often a qualified orthopaedist will be able to confirm with physical examination. Finally, an MRI can be confirmatory and helpful to assess for other injuries.
Answered on Jun 10, 2017
1
1 comment
1
1 thank
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
A" pop" w/ a hyperextension injury or valgus/ contact FB injury w/ immediate( w/in 24 hrs) , significant swelling( hemarthrosis ) is 70-80% time an ACL tear. A physical exam by an experienced ORS that reveals a positive " Lachman" test compared to the opposite knee is essentially diagnostic. Quality MRI scans can be helpful to confirm dx. and assist in diagnosing associated injuries....
Oct 28, 2013

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
31 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See below: Symptoms of an acute tear of the acl include swelling of the knee, severe pain, often bruising seen as black and blue marks on the knee and a knee tha ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Farr
Dr. Jack Farr answered
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Painless ACL tear: Not all acute acl tears involve severe pain swelling or feel unstable. There are other considerations. Some patients may have had a partial tear in th ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
26 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Examination by an: Orthopaedist is key. We can often tell by exam only. An MRI can be used to confirm the diagnosis. People typically complain of instability in the kn ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Pflugner
14 years experience Sports Medicine
Get examined: The best and most reliable way to know is to have your knee examined by a sports medicine doctor.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month