Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear
An ACL tear is a rupture of the fibrous tissue connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia).
ACL injuries occur when bones of the leg twist in opposite directions under full body weight.
Injured ligaments are considered "sprains" and are graded on a severity scale
ACL tears are mostly seen in high-intensity dynamic sports that consist of:
Change of direction
Jumping and landing
Contact or collisions
Signs and Symptoms
Complete ACL tears usually result in a loud "pop" at the time of injury followed by rapid swelling and severe pain that diminishes over time.
If the findings on the physical exam are indicative of an ACL tear a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may be ordered for further evaluation
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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries (2014, March).