As an injury that is commonly found in those who participate in high-intensity sports like basketball, football and soccer, an anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) affects roughly 250,000 people a year in the United States alone.
An ACL injury is the tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament inside your knee joint. This injury most commonly occurs during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction such as tennis and volleyball.
Specialists who treat ACL injury:
Common types of ACL injury:
About half of all ACL injuries occur along with damage to other structures in the knee, such as articular cartilage, meniscus or other ligaments.
Injured ligaments are considered "sprains" and are graded on a severity scale.
ACL injury symptoms may include:
You are at a greater risk for ACL injury if you:
Women have more ACL injuries than men. In sports, women injure their ACL up to eight times as often as men.
Reduce the onset of ACL injury by:
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