ACL Injury - Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating various knee ligament injuries. They have extensive experience in using both surgical and non-surgical approaches to treat ACL injury.

ACL Injury

An ACL injury is characterized by a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament that connects the shin bone to the thigh bone. ACL is an important stabilizing structure that runs diagonally in the middle of the knee. The main function of this ligament is to prevent the tibia from sliding out ahead of the femur as well as control the rotational movements of the knee. When the ACL is torn, the knee bones are more likely to rub against each other and cause damage to other structures within the joint.

Causes Of ACL Injury

  • Direct hit at the side of the knee, such as while playing tackle football
  • Extending the knee beyond its normal range of motion
  • Suddenly stopping or slowing down while running
  • Landing incorrectly from a jump
  • Changing direction rapidly
  • Forceful twisting of knee

Symptoms Of ACL Injury

  • Pain at the exterior and back of the knee
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Audible pop sound at the time of injury
  • Restricted range of motion
  • Tenderness around the knee
  • Difficulty walking
  • Unstable knee
  • Feeling that the knee may give out or clasp
  • Difficult to bend or straighten the knee

Diagnosis Of ACL Injury

To diagnose an ACL injury, the orthopedic surgeon in Frisco may physically examine the knee to look for signs of bruising or tenderness around the knee. He may also recommend certain imaging tests to evaluate the severity of the injury and rule out the possibility of a fracture or damage to other knee ligaments.

Treatment For ACL Injury

Depending upon the severity of the injury and the fitness needs of the patient, the knee surgeon may suggest non-surgical or surgical treatment. Most ACL injurie require surgery to be treated completely. However, for elderly patients or those who are not much physically active, conservative options may provide relief. These may include taking ample rest, refraining from activities that put pressure on the joint, wearing a knee brace, using crutches while walking etc. Surgical treatment for ACL injury includes reconstructing the torn ligament. The knee surgeon replaces the ACL with a tissue graft in order to reinstate the strength and mobility of the joint.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of ACL injury, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.