Female athletes are much more likely than males to endure serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries, according to Loyola University Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pietro Tonino.

ACL Knee Injuries Occur More Frequently In Female Athletes

Written by Kelly Fitzgerald | Article Featured on Medical News Today

Female athletes are much more likely than males to endure serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries, according to Loyola University Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pietro Tonino.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

Torn ACL Symptoms, Recovery, & Surgery

Medical Author: Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM | Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR | Featured on MedicineNet.com

Torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) facts

  • The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four ligaments in the knee that provides stabilization for the knee joint.
  • Torn ACLs are a common knee injury.
  • An ACL tear or sprain occurs with a sudden change in direction or pivot against a locked knee.
  • A pop, followed by pain and swelling of the knee are the most common symptoms of an ACL tear.
  • Women are more likely to tear their ACL because of differences in anatomy and muscle function.
  • Treatment goals are to return the patient to his or her preinjury level of function. Arthroscopic surgery may be required to reconstruct the torn ligament.
  • It may take six to nine months to return to normal activity after an ACL injury.