Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Repair & Reconstruction Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
Who will benefit from this article? Anyone suffering with a ruptured ACL and would like information regarding its treatment and repair.
What is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament?
The ACL plays an important role in the stabilising of the knee. It also also helps guide your shin bone through its normal, as well as stable, range of natural motion. This makes it very important not just for the stability of the knee but also allows full range of motion when kicking, pivoting, weaving etc. Roughly as thick as an index finger, the ligament is made up of strands of collagen that have been wound together. A healthy ACL can withstand upwards of 500 lbs of force.
What is a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament?
A ruptured ACL is one that has become torn in some way, usually due to a sudden change in direction, falling awkwardly or even slowing down too rapidly from a run. When the ligament tears it unravels like a rope and it cannot heal without help. With the ACL injured, the knee will usually become quite unstable and can buckle when an attempt to stop or turn is made.