What are the Symptoms of an ACL Tear?
An ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) tear most often occurs during sporting activities when an athlete suddenly pivots causing excessive rotational forces on the ligament.
Other mechanisms that can cause an ACL tear include severe trauma and work injuries. Individuals who experience ACL tears usually describe a feeling of the joint giving out, or buckling. You'll commonly hear a "pop."
Signs You May Have Sustained an ACL Tear:
- Sudden giving way of the knee
- Hearing a 'pop' at the time of injury
- Sudden swelling of the knee joint
- Pain in the knee when walking
How is an ACL Tear Diagnosed?
A well trained Sports Physiotherapist, Sports Physician or Orthopaedic Surgeon will normally be able to confirm the diagnosis of an ACL tear within the clinic and from your injury history.
An MRI scan can be arranged to confirm your ACL tear and identify other knee injuries that may have occurred when your ACL was ruptured. These accessory injuries commonly include meniscal tears, bone bruising and collateral ligament injuries.
Confirmation of an ACL tear is important since the treatment differs from a common knee ligament strain or a meniscus tear.
What to do if have a Ruptured ACL?
Professional guidance is highly recommended for any ACL tear. Successful rehabilitation options vary depending on your age, activity level and extent of injury.
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