I Think I Tore My ACL
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
There are times when you react so quickly to something happening that you remember details afterwards that you didn’t even remember processing in the moment. Those quick reflexes can help you avoid hitting a deer, jump over an obstacle, or catch your falling child. But those quick movements can also lead to ACL injuries. Specifically, your ACL is a ligament that can be injured when you’re playing sports that encourage quick changes of direction.
Your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a ligament in your knee that connects your thigh bone to your shin bone. It is key in helping stabilize the knee, and so injury of the ACL can impact your daily life if you do not treat it properly. Keep reading to learn the signs of a torn ACL.
Your ACL can be put under stress when you’re out playing sports that keep you moving quickly. That’s when it can be injured or torn, too. So, if you pivot with your foot planted, stop suddenly, or even slow down quickly to change direction, that can lead to an ACL tear. Landing incorrectly after jumping is also a common cause of ACL injury.
What to do?
Depending on how severe your injury is and other personal factors, we may recommend that you undergo surgery or not. For example, if you are not a very active person or have complications that make surgery more risky, then you may want to let your ACL heal itself.
If you’re young, very active, or if the knee gives out from under you when you’re doing everyday things, then surgery may be the best choice for you. If you play sports regularly and want to have the same range of motion that you used to have, then surgery will be a better option for you.
ACL injuries are serious, and recovery can takes months of physical therapy and special treatment (even if you do opt for surgery). If you think you’ve torn or injured your ACL, it’s important to see a doctor who can help you understand what you’re dealing with. Call us today at (508) 363-6363 to schedule a consultation.
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