Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
By: Aditi M
What is it?
When does it happen?
How exactly does it happen?
One third of the people with a completely torn ACL are able to resume normal activities without surgery. There is also a strengthening program that takes about 6 to 10 months to complete. However, about 65 percent of all patients with a torn ACL will eventually develop a torn meniscus a protective cartilage that reduces friction between the knee bones.
The surgery is called an endoscopic ACL reconstruction and is done using small instruments through a Band-Aid size incision. After four to six months (with the use of a brace), one should be able to return to unrestricted activity and competitive sports.
How to Avoid
- "Become an Advocate for Sports Safety." ACL Injuries. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.
- "Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015. <https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001074.htm>.
- "ACL Tear." ACL Tear. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015. <http://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/acl_tear/>.