Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Symptoms
If you suffer an injury to the ACL you’ll find that your knee feels unstable, as though it is about to give way. You may also experience some swelling and knee pain. Typically, this will be most noticeable when you twist, however a small proportion of patients become so unstable that even simple activities may cause the knee to give way. Some patients can suffer an ACL injury yet still twist and pivot without the feelings of instability, although this is rare.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Diagnosis
Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s specialists can usually diagnose a ruptured ACL from the history of the injury, confirmed with specific tests at the time of your examination. Diagnosis can be difficult in some cases (especially in the case of fresh knee injuries where examination may be too uncomfortable, or where the ACL damage is just one of a number of injuries to the knee). In these cases, we will usually confirm the diagnosis with an MRI scan as a torn ACL cannot be seen on x-ray.
Late diagnosis of ACL injuries is very common. Unfortunately, this can often mean the knee sustains further damage during the months (or even years) between initial injury and consultation. Such additional knee injuries can adversely affect the outcome of reconstructive surgery.