Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
|Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury|
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- Sudden stops or changes in direction
- Sidestepping or pivoting
- Direct contact
- Weak knee structure
- Muscle strength imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstrings
- Playing sports that require sudden changes of direction and deceleration
- Use of incorrect technique for cutting, planting, pivoting, or jumping
- A popping sound at the time of the injury
- Pain and swelling in the knee
- Loss of full range of motion
- Weakness or instability in the knee
- Difficulty walking
- Arthroscopy—a thin, lighted tube inserted through a small incision in the knee to look at the structures inside the knee
- Grade 1—Mild ligament damage.
- Grade 2—Partial tearing of the ligament.
- Grade 3—Complete tearing of the ligament.
- Do not do activities that cause pain. This includes running, jumping, and weight lifting using the legs.
- Do not play sports until your doctor has said it is safe to do so.
- Over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen
- Topical pain medication—creams or patches that are applied to the skin
- Prescription pain relievers
- Plyometrics, a form of jumping exercises, can be used to train and strengthen the leg muscles for jumping and landing.
- When jumping and landing, or turning and pivoting, your hips and knees should be bent, not straight.
- Strengthen both the quadriceps and the hamstrings.
- Maintain proper technique when exercising or playing sports.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.org
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
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- Reviewer: Lawrence Frisch, MD, MPH; Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/03/2013 -