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Can you get an ACL injury from anything besides sports?

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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

You can get an ACL injury from trauma involving the knee.
This can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The ACL can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. The ligament may tear when you slow down suddenly to change direction or pivot with your foot firmly planted, twisting or overextending your knee.

In brief: Absolutely

You can get an ACL injury from trauma involving the knee.
This can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The ACL can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. The ligament may tear when you slow down suddenly to change direction or pivot with your foot firmly planted, twisting or overextending your knee.
Dr. Amir Khan
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Dr. Thomas Kennedy
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Acl injuries occur to people in many different ways including work injuries, slips, trips, falls and other traumas.

In brief: Yes

Acl injuries occur to people in many different ways including work injuries, slips, trips, falls and other traumas.
Dr. Thomas Kennedy
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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine

In brief: Yes

Yes plenty of people injure their acl in accidents such as falls and car accidents.
Typically you don't tear an acl just walking down the street but any traumatic blows or twisting to the knee can cause a tear.

In brief: Yes

Yes plenty of people injure their acl in accidents such as falls and car accidents.
Typically you don't tear an acl just walking down the street but any traumatic blows or twisting to the knee can cause a tear.
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Sure

Unfortunately, something as simple as slipping upon an ice patch or stepping in a pothole with the knee twisting the wrong way can cause ACL injuries.

In brief: Sure

Unfortunately, something as simple as slipping upon an ice patch or stepping in a pothole with the knee twisting the wrong way can cause ACL injuries.
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