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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

What is an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury?

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the 4 main ligaments that holds your knee together.

It is found right in the middle of your knee.


How is it Injured?

The ACL is commonly injured when changing direction quickly with all of your weight on the bent knee.

Alternatively, bending back of the knee may also cause injury.

Often no one else is involved in the incident.

You may hear a pop or snap.

There is usually a lot of swelling within a few hours.



You will usually have an X-ray of your knee.

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.



Mr Lavender will discuss the options with you at your consultation, as every patient has unique circumstances and individual needs.

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.

Information Sheet

For more information or to gain a better understanding of the condition, download the free PDF below:

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries Information Sheet

Additional Resources

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries - Your Orthopaedic Connection - AAOS

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