ACL Injury – Carrollton, Flower Mound TX
ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury is a common sports related injury that involves tearing and overstretching of Anterior Cruciate Ligament, which is one of the most important ligaments in the knee joint. The ACL injury may range from a mild spraining to severe tearing. According to the knee doctors, sportspersons who often twist their knee while running, falling, or  landing from a jump, are highly prone to ACL injuries.

Causes of ACL Injury

The major cause of ACL injuries is direct blow to the side of knee while playing sports such as football, soccer, skiing, basketball, hockey, etc. The problem also arises if one overextends the knee joint, and suddenly changes direction or stops while running, turning, or landing from jump. The ACL injuries are also accompanied by injuries to other ligaments and shock absorbing cartilages in the knee.

Symptoms of ACL Injury

  • Popping sound in the knee
  • Swelling
  • Inability to continue the sport
  • Instability of the knee
  • Pain

The condition can lead to instability of the knee joint in future and patient may fall repeatedly, particularly while running and using stairs. The patients with an ACL injury are often prone to Secondary Osteoarthritis.

Diagnosis of ACL Injury

The patients are thoroughly examined by a knee doctor for torn ligaments. For this, some tests such as Lachman test, Pivot shift test, Anterior drawer test, and MRI are conducted. These tests are effective in diagnosing ACL rupture. MRI confirms ACL injuries and other related injuries.

Treatment of ACL Injury

The patient may get relief by applying ice on the injury and taking an anti-inflammatory drug. The patient may need the help of a physiotherapist who can help him improve the joint motion and leg strength. The treatment of ACL injuries depends on the age of the patient, his/her activity level, related injuries, and the will to resume the previous activities. The problem can be effectively treated with non-surgical methods such as wearing knee braces, physical therapy, strengthening exercises etc.

ACL Reconstruction is often recommended in severe cases of ACL injuries. During surgery, an orthopedic surgeon may take a graft from the Patellar Tendon and fix it by drilling holes through the Femur and Tibia. The procedure is carried out on outpatient basis and the patient can go home on the same day of surgery. The patient has to follow a rehabilitation plan, which helps in controlling swelling and pain along with restoring motion. In the next stage, the therapy focuses on increasing muscle strength and gradually helping the patient return to the normal routine. It may take upto 7 months to completely recover from the condition.

For more information on ACL Injuries or to schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon Dr. Goodhart, call at (972) 492 -1334 ( for Carrollton) and (972) 899 - 4679 ( for Flower Mound)