Active Joints Orthopedics
Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Englewood, NJ
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in your knee can tear during intense sporting activities and cause a painful buckling of the joint. David N. Feldman, MD, of Active Joints Orthopedics in Englewood, New Jersey, is a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who specializes in carrying out minimally invasive surgical procedures, including repairs to ACL tears. If you have pain in your knee, find out why and get the most advanced treatment for your problem by calling Active Joints Orthopedics today, or book an appointment online.
ACL Tear Q & A
What is an ACL tear?
ACL stands for the anterior cruciate ligament, and tearing this ligament is one of the most common types of injury to the knee.
When the ACL tears, you may hear a popping noise and feel your leg give way. Your knee hurts and starts to swell, and you may feel instability in the joint that affects your movement and range of motion.
What causes an ACL tear?
ACL tears arise when the anterior cruciate ligament suffers injury as a result of:
- A rapid change of direction
- Pulling up suddenly
- Slowing down suddenly
- Landing poorly following a jump
- A collision such as a football tackle
Your knee is a complex collection of bones, ligaments, and tendons. The anterior cruciate ligament is at the front of your knee on the inside, helping to control movements forward and backward.
Sprained ligaments may stretch to an extent where they partially tear so the knee joint is loose, or tear completely so the knee joint is unstable. On most occasions, ACL injuries are complete tears.
How is an ACL tear diagnosed and treated?
Dr. Feldman examines your knee and compares it with your uninjured limb. In most cases, he can diagnose an ACL tear from this examination, but he may order additional imaging tests such as X-rays to check for any broken bones.
Treatment for an ACL tear is likely to involve surgery, as a torn ACL can’t heal without surgical intervention. Some patients who are elderly or not very active may benefit from nonsurgical treatments such as bracing and physical therapy if the knee isn’t unstable.
Younger patients and people who are physically active need to have the ACL rebuilt surgically, as it’s not possible to repair most ACL tears. Surgery involves replacing the damaged ligament with a graft taken from another part of your body, or a donated graft.
Dr. Feldman carries out the surgery using an arthroscope, which is less invasive than open surgery and results in less tissue damage and faster healing times. Even so, it takes at least six months for the knee to heal sufficiently for you to return to your normal activities.
If you suffer any kind of injury to your knee, make an appointment to see Dr. Feldman by calling Active Joints Orthopedics today, or book an appointment online.
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