The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located toward the front of the knee and is the ligament of the knee that controls rotation and forward movement of the tibia (shin bone).
It is one of the most common ligaments to be injured. The ACL is often stretched and/or torn during a sudden twisting motion (when the feet stay planted one way, but the knees turn the other way).
Skiing, basketball, and football are sports that have a higher risk of ACL injuries.
Diagnostic procedures may include the following:
Often, a cruciate ligament injury does not cause pain. Instead, the person may hear a popping sound as the injury occurs, followed by the leg buckling when trying to stand on it, and swelling.
- medication such as ibuprofen
- muscle-strengthening exercises
- protective knee brace (for use during exercise)
- ice pack application (to reduce swelling)
Physical Therapy is a critical part of complete recovery. Our doctors recommend DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, with 30 convenient locations across southeastern Michigan. To find one near you, click here.