Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) Injuries
What is an ACL Injury?
It is found right in the middle of your knee.
How is it Injured?
Alternatively, bending the knee backwards may also cause injuries.
Most of the time, no one else will be involved in the incident.
When suffering an ACL injury, you may hear a pop or snap.
There is usually a lot of swelling within a few hours.
During your consultation, Mr Lavender will examine your knee. If he feels it is necessary he will request a MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan) is carried out.
Due to the nature of the injury you have sustained the knee is more at risk of arthritis when you are older. Further injuries increase this risk.
Physiotherapy may be required before any surgery is considered to reduce the swelling and improve the range of movement in the knee.
Surgery to make you a new ligament (Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction) aims to stabilize your knee and prevent further damage to the knee.
If you already have arthritis in your knee then it may be more appropriate to have a Total Knee Replacement. Mr Lavender will discuss this with you at your during your consultation.
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