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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)Injury

  • What is Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury?

    The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is one of the main stabilising ligaments in the knee. An Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury is a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament.

  • Injuries to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament are common among people who play sports that have start-stop movements, pivoting or sudden changes in direction. These sports include football, netball, tennis, dancing and skiing.

  • The symptoms include:

    • A popping sound when the ligament ruptures
    • Difficulty with knee movement
    • Feeling of instability, with the knee ‘giving way’ during daily activities
    • Pain immediately after an injury
    • Swelling of the affected knee within 4 to 12 hours
    • Walking with a painful limp
  • The aims of treatment are to:

    • Increase muscle strength
    • Increase range of knee movement
    • Increase stability of the knee
    • Reduce knee pain and swelling

    Physiotherapy is the usual treatment method, but if this is not successful, reconstruction surgery may be needed.

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