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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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What are the common symptoms of posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injuries ?

What are the common symptoms of posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injuries ?

Varies, usually none: Symptoms of a PCL rupture can vary. It may be associated with pain, swelling and a feeling of unsteadiness, but more often than not they may have no noticeable symptoms. Some report a feeling of unsteadyness or insecurity, others pain around the knee cap. Some report pain when running, especially slowing down/stopping, going up/down stairs or ramps, or squatting/kneeling. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

What are the common symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury ?

Pain & Instability: Acl tears typically are painful, cause knee swelling, and cause the sensation of instability in the knee. ...Read more

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What are the common signs and symptoms of an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What are the common signs and symptoms of an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Pain, swelling: The majority of ACL tears are noncontact injuries. The classic history is when a person plants and twists a leg, or rapidly changes directions and then hears or feels a pop in the knee. Initial pain tends to be severe, but in some, only lasts a few minutes. Swelling tends to occur within the first hour and most limp for days to weeks. The knee then often gives out or buckles, signs of instability. ...Read more

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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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What could cause posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

What could cause posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

Force!: The PCL is probably the strongest ligament in the knee. It requires a significant amount of force or energy to cause it to tear. Pcl tears are far less common than anterior cruciate ligament (acl) tears. ...Read more

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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 to do if I have cruciate ligament injury from years ago?

What to do if I have cruciate ligament injury from years ago?

Unstable?: Isolated cruciate injury in inactive people that is stable from other support structures does not need anything other than exercise. If into sports or if unstable should be stabilized with pt, bracing or surgery before other issues develop including meniscal tears, arthritis , articular damage etc. ...Read more

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How can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

How can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

You can't :-(: Tears of the PCL will occur if a significant amount of energy is placed across the knee and in the right direction. Like if your knee hits the dashboard in car accident. That will push your shin backwards and potentially tear your pcl. Pcl tears can not be prevented. ...Read more

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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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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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How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

How long should anterior cruciate ligament injury last?

Depends: If a complete acl tear is not surgically reconstructed, the injury never heals back together. Sometimes without surgery, patients have enough stability to function fairly well. Surgery is performed when indicated to reconstruct the torn ligament. ...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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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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Which is the best exercise to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Which is the best exercise to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Follow surgeons prog: Most acl surgeons have their own protocols that u need 2 follow. Any advice u get here may not b the same as ur surgeon recommends. Not a good policy 2 advise u as it could cause a conflict with ur surgeon ; this is not what we're here 4. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises to do after an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Hamstring exercises: The anterior cruciate ligament (acl) works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to stabilize the knee. The ACL keeps the shin bone from sliding forward (anteriorly) and the PCL keeps it from sliding backwards. When ACL is torn the shin bone will slide anteriorly. The hamstrings attach to the back of the knee and act as flexors, but will also help keep the shin bone from sliding forward. ...Read more

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How will having anterior cruciate ligament injury affect my long-term health?

How will having anterior cruciate ligament injury affect my long-term health?

Depends on multiple: Anyone with a cruciate injuriy responds differently depending on a lot of factors, like age activity/demand levels; athletic status overall and specifically the status and shape of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles and also concurrent injury to other knee structures. ...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 can I do to decrease the odds of developing anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What can I do to decrease the odds of developing anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Optimize mechanics: In young females there is good evidence that therapy programs designed to optimize knee/body mechanics with activities that involve cutting and jumping can reduce the incidence of acl injuries. Developed programs are more likely found around larger cities. Alternatively one could avoid activities associated wtih higher incidence of acl injury (basketball, soccer, football, down-hill skiing, etc). ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover completely from a anterior cruciate ligament injury?

How long does it take to recover completely from a anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Variable time: If you choose non-operative treatment, usually within 6 wks the swelling will gone and the motion will be normal if you work at it. Regaining full strength may take several months. If you continue to play sports after this you may still have a very unstable knee as a complete acl tear does not heal. If surgery is chosen, the typical time for full safe return to sports is around 9 mos to 1 year. ...Read more