The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of 4 ligaments in our knees, and is the most commonly injured ligament of the knee. We have two cruciate ligaments and two collateral ligaments. The ligaments are a very important part of our anatomy as they give our knees the stability they need to keep bones from sliding into each other. The cruciate ligaments work together to keep the shinbone attached to the thighbone. Injury to the cruciate ligaments is more devastating than the collateral ligaments because the collateral ligaments have some potential for healing without surgery. The cruciate ligaments have virtually no capacity for healing once they are torn. If it is a mild tear, you may be able to recover with physical therapy alone. If the tear is more severe, we may suggest reconstructive surgery on the knee.
If you think you have injured your ACL, we hope you will call OSC at 757-596-1900 to make an appointment.