ACL Injuries in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as ACL injuries. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What Are ACL Injuries?
The anterior cruciate ligament also known as ACL, is located in the knee joint. An injury to this ligament usually indicates a tear, often referred to as a “sprain,” and is one of the most common knee injuries in athletes who participate in high-impact sports, such as football, basketball, and soccer. ACL injuries are characterized by constant or intermittent pain and inflammation in the knee joint. Many ACL injuries, particularly in younger athletic patients, require surgery to repair damaged ligaments. About half of all ACL injuries also involve damage to other tissues around the knee, such as articular cartilage, meniscus, or other ligaments, and may require an alternate therapies to treat those conditions.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of ACL Injuries?
ACL injuries occur in several ways, to include:
- Suddenly changing direction.
- Suddenly stopping.
- Suddenly slowing down while running.
- Landing incorrectly from a jump.
- Direct contact, impact or collision, such as being tackled in football.
Hearing a “popping” sound, and the feeling that your knee has given out, is often associated with a sprained ACL. Usually, your knee will swell within 24 hours, accompanied by an increase in pain. The swelling and pain may disappear on its own, however, applying ice is often recommended. Regardless, the knee remains unstable, risking further damage to the meniscus, or cushioning cartilage in your knee. Over time, if untreated, the sprain may cause reduced range of motion, tenderness in the knee joint, and pain while walking, running, jumping or participating in other physical activities.
How Are ACL Injuries Treated?
The treatment protocol for an ACL injury varies from patient-to-patient, with many factors affecting the treatment protocol, including the patient’s age and level of physical activity. While some patients require surgery to safely return to normal activity levels, others may be able to make lifestyle adjustments and recover without surgery. In either case, physical therapy and specific therapeutic exercises will help speed the healing process.
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