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What is the difference between the patellar tendon and an acl?

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
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In brief: Ones a ligament

The acl is an importan ligament (ligaments connect bone to bone), that restrains anterior or forward translation of the tibia.
The patellar tendon is a tendon (tendons connect muscle to bone). They serve very different functions. The central third of the patellar tendon is frequently used to reconstruct a torn acl.

In brief: Ones a ligament

The acl is an importan ligament (ligaments connect bone to bone), that restrains anterior or forward translation of the tibia.
The patellar tendon is a tendon (tendons connect muscle to bone). They serve very different functions. The central third of the patellar tendon is frequently used to reconstruct a torn acl.
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