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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.