An ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament — one of the major ligaments in your knee. ACL injuries most commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops or changes in direction, jumping and landing, such as soccer, basketball, football and downhill skiing.
Signs and symptoms of an ACL injury usually include:
A loud pop or a popping sensation in the knee
Severe pain and inability to continue activity
Loss of range of motion
A feeling of instability or giving way with weight bearing
When to see a doctor for an ACL injury
Seek immediate care if any injury to your knee causes signs or symptoms of an ACL injury. The knee joint is a complex structure of bones, ligaments, tendons and other tissues that work together. It’s important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis to determine the severity of the injury and get proper treatment.
Depending on the severity of your ACL injury, treatment may include rest and rehabilitation exercises to help you regain strength and stability or surgery to replace the torn ligament followed by rehabilitation. A proper training program may help reduce the risk of an ACL injury.
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