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What does anterior cruciate ligament ACL injury feel like?

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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine

In brief: Giving way

Classically people describe a buckling, twisting, or giving way episode in the knee, with a popping feeling.
Sometimes the pop is audible. Commonly there is swelling, limited ability to walk, and then associated stiffness+pain; as swelling goes down, pain will go away, but instability (wobbly/buckling) feeling with quick changes of direction persists; some people have minimal pain/swelling.

In brief: Giving way

Classically people describe a buckling, twisting, or giving way episode in the knee, with a popping feeling.
Sometimes the pop is audible. Commonly there is swelling, limited ability to walk, and then associated stiffness+pain; as swelling goes down, pain will go away, but instability (wobbly/buckling) feeling with quick changes of direction persists; some people have minimal pain/swelling.
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