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What is an anterior cruciate ligament?

What is an anterior cruciate ligament?

Knee ligament: Acl is a ligament found deep inside the knee that provides stability especially to rotational and front/back directed forces. It's very important for pivoting sports such as soccer, basketball, football etc. ...Read more

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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


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Please help! I have damaged/torn my anterior cruciate ligament?

Scope: If it has torn completely and you have instability, may need arthroscopic acl reconstruction, especially if you are an active individual. Many orthopaedic surgeons will have the swelling subside, might get the individual into pt to optimize range of motion, then rehab is also important after surgery. For a small # of people who are very inactive, they may opt for conservative treatment. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anterior cruciate ligament (a.C.L.) injury?

What sort of problem is an anterior cruciate ligament (a.C.L.) injury?

Ligament sprain/tear: The acl is a ligament inside the knee that helps to keep the knee stable - keeps it from moving too far forward or backward. It works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to accomplish this. The acl is often injured when running or other fast movements when the lower leg is planted on the ground and the knee is bent and twisted. It can be a strain or sprain or a complete tear. ...Read more

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About how long would it take for an anterior cruciate ligament to heal?

About how long would it take for an anterior cruciate ligament to heal?

Several months: Torn anterior cruciate ligaments (acl) are routinely reconstructed via surgery. The graft used to replace the acl is placed in bony sockets or tunnels and secured with various forms of fixation devices. True healing only occurs when your body incorporates the graft biologically via strong bonds where the ligament touches the bone and the ligament matures and becomes strong--this takes 3-6 months. ...Read more

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Is there any cure to anterior cruciate ligament tear?

Scope: Complete acl tears will not heal on their own. Arthroscopic acl reconstruction ('scope') uses a graft in place of the torn ligament and typically can help active individuals with knee instability return to their prior level of functioning. ...Read more

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What injuries does the anterior cruciate ligament prevent?

What injuries does the anterior cruciate ligament prevent?

Knee instability: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) is one of four major ligaments in the knee to help maintain knee stability (the others include the posterior cruciate ligament - pcl, lateral collateral ligament - lcl, and the medial collateral ligament - mcl). The ACL is the most significant of the four and helps prevent the lower leg from sliding forward from the upper leg. ...Read more

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What is anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

What is anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction surgery?

ACL: The acl is the main stabilizing ligament in the knee. When it tears or ruptures, it can not be repaired, but needs to be reconstructed with a graft. There are numerous graft options which can be used to make a "new" acl. ...Read more

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Where is the anterior cruciate ligament is located in the human body?

The knee: The anterior cruciate ligament is located directly in the center of the knee and is a major stabilizer of the knee joint. ...Read more

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