9If you play sports, you’ve probably heard about ACL tears. Your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a strong band of tissue that connects your thigh bone to your shinbone. It helps to stabilize your knee joint. This is a common ligament to injure while playing a sport.
What Causes ACL Injuries?
Your ACL can become injured due to sudden stops, changes of direction, landing incorrectly after a jump, pivoting without moving your foot, or receiving a direct blow to your knee. It can also be injured when you slow down too fast while running. This injury is most common in sports like basketball, soccer, football, tennis, volleyball, downhill skiing, and gymnastics.
Symptoms of an ACL Injury
When you injure your ACL, you may hear an audible pop, or feel a popping sensation in your knee. This is usually followed by swelling and pain. You may feel instability in your knee, and feel it “giving way” when you try to put weight on it.
Diagnosing and Treating ACL Tears
When you injure your knee you should seek medical treatment immediately, as knee injuries can be very serious. Your doctor will likely request an MRI to assess the damage and develop an effective treatment for you.