ACL Injuries – Facts & Treatment
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament – ACL is a tissue connecting the thigh bone (femur) and shinbone (Tibia) of the knee. ACL prevents hyperextension of the knee, provides rotational stability of the knee and also helps for dynamic motions of the knee
If this ligament is broken or injured by any means, then it is termed as ACL Tear or ACL Injury. Though ACL injury can happen to anyone, most ACL injuries happen to athletes playing active sports. Because ACL injuries mostly occur due to sudden changes in movement while playing different sports such as football, soccer, basketball, tennis etc.
Treatment for ACL Injuries is chosen based on the severity of the injury. In cases of ACL sprains medications and physical therapy can help to heal the injury. But, if the ligament is completely torn, reconstruction is inevitable because cruciate ligaments cannot heal on their own. The only possible way to gain the full motion of the knee is through surgery.