If you have injured your Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Dr Steven B. Morgan can provide you with comprehensive orthopedic treatment. Dr Morgan is an orthopedic surgeon serving Allen and McKinney TX. He specializes in general orthopedics as well as Knee Arthroscopy, Rotator Cuff Repair, ACL and Knee Reconstruction, Knee Replacement (Unicompartimental and Total Replacement)
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, also called the ACL, is responsible for providing stabilization to the knee joint. An Torn ACL is often a sports-related injury occurring from twisting of knee or sudden stop/ change in direction, awkward landing from a jump etc. The condition can also result from collisions, falls, and work-related injuries. According to orthopedic doctors, Torn ACL, if left untreated, can hamper the knee movement and cause the knee bones to rub against each other, further leading to
Symptoms of Torn ACL
Treatment of Torn ACL
A loud "popping" sound at the time of tear.
Inability to walk or perform activities involving knees.
Swelling along with dark discoloration.
Severe knee pain on outside as well as back of the knee.
Depending on the severity of the knee injury, the orthopedic doctor may recommend any of the following treatment options for Torn ACL:
A Torn ACL does not heal without surgery but non-surgical treatment may be recommended to provide stability to the knee. These may include the following:
Knee Braces: A knee brace fitting helps to protect your knee from instability. The orthopedic doctor may also suggest you to use crutches to keep you from putting weight on your affected leg.
Physical therapy: The therapy can be adopted when swelling in the knee goes down. Specific knee exercises will help strengthen the leg muscles and help restore its functions.
Treatment for Torn ACL involves surgery in which the torn ligament is replaced with a substitute graft followed by a rehabilitation program to help you regain strength and stability. The grafts commonly used to replace the ACL include:
Patellar Tendon Autograft
Hamstring Tendon Autograft
Quadriceps Tendon Autograft
To know more about Torn ACL, or to request an appointment with Dr Morgan, call at (972) 727 – 9995.