Posted on Apr 19, 2022
ACL injury (anterior cruciate ligament injury) is one of the most common injuries of the knee. It generally occurs in young people while playing heavy sports like soccer, basketball, football and downhill skiing, which involve sudden stops or changes in direction, jumping and landing. It is also a very common injury in contact sports such as Kabaddi and Wrestling.
Symptoms in an Acute case:
The ‘pop’ sound of ACL rupture may not be heard in every case and we have to look for other common symptoms like:
Symptoms in a Chronic case: Instability is the most common symptom in an ACL deficient knee in which patient feels that his/her knee will buckle in certain movements/positions of knee especially while playing sports.
Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. The ACL, one of two ligaments that cross in the middle of the knee, connects your thighbone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia) and helps stabilize your knee joint. ACL injuries often happen during sports and fitness activities that can put stress on the knee and that results in:
Suddenly slowing down and changing direction (cutting)
Pivoting with your foot firmly planted
Landing awkwardly from a jump
Receiving a direct blow to the knee or collision, such as a football tackle
When the ligament is damaged, there is usually a partial or complete tear of the tissue. A mild injury may stretch the ligament but leave it intact.
Who are more at risk?