Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a ligament in the knee that connects the thighbone to the shinbone. It is a common injury among athletes and active individuals, and can lead to instability and pain in the knee.

Ways to prevent Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
  • Maintain proper form and technique during sports activities.
  • Use appropriate protective gear such as knee braces and pads.
  • Strengthen the muscles around the knee through exercise and physical therapy.
  • Warm up and stretch before physical activity.
  • Avoid sudden changes in direction or twisting movements.
Causes and Risk Factors
  • ACL injuries are often caused by sudden twisting or pivoting movements, especially when the foot is planted and the knee is bent.
  • Direct impact to the knee, such as a collision during sports, can also cause ACL injuries.
  • Women are more prone to ACL injuries than men, possibly due to differences in anatomy and muscle strength.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Symptoms
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Symptoms
  • Severe pain and swelling in the knee.
  • Instability or a feeling of giving way in the knee.
  • Limited range of motion in the knee.
When to See the Doctor
  • If there is severe pain and swelling in the knee.
  • If the knee feels unstable or gives way.
  • If there is a noticeable deformity in the knee.
  • If there is difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected leg.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Treatment
  • Rest and avoid activities that cause pain and discomfort.
  • Ice the affected knee to reduce swelling.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Physical therapy to improve strength and stability.
  • Surgery to repair or reconstruct the torn ACL in severe cases.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Surgery

ACL reconstruction surgery involves replacing the damaged ligament with a graft from another part of the body or from a donor.

How Dr. Kunal Patel Can Help

Dr. Patel specializes in sports medicine and can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. He uses the latest technology and techniques to perform minimally invasive ACL reconstruction surgery and other procedures. Dr. Patel works with each patient to develop a personalized treatment plan based on their medical history, lifestyle, and individual goals.

With his experience and expertise, Dr. Patel can help patients achieve optimal outcomes and return to their activities as soon as possible.