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What are the common causes of anterior and posterior cruciate ligament injuries?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
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In brief: Trauma or fall

Injuries to the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments most commonly occur because of a traumatic injury (football tackle, soccer collision, etc) or a traumatic fall (skiing or snowboarding fall).
Another cause could be from an auto accident (where the knees strike the lower dashboard area. Certainly there are other mechanisms for these injuries as well.

In brief: Trauma or fall

Injuries to the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments most commonly occur because of a traumatic injury (football tackle, soccer collision, etc) or a traumatic fall (skiing or snowboarding fall).
Another cause could be from an auto accident (where the knees strike the lower dashboard area. Certainly there are other mechanisms for these injuries as well.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Knee Ligament

Many acl injuries are noncontact injuries, ie: no trauma.
Often times, the foot is planted, and the knee will pivot around the lower leg causing the acl to rupture. Acl injuries are much more common than PCL injuries.

In brief: Knee Ligament

Many acl injuries are noncontact injuries, ie: no trauma.
Often times, the foot is planted, and the knee will pivot around the lower leg causing the acl to rupture. Acl injuries are much more common than PCL injuries.
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
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