What Is The ACL?
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main restraining ligaments of the knee. It sits in the centre of your knee, running from the back of your thigh bone to the front of the shin bone). The ACL keeps your knee stable, especially when you twist, turn or side-step.
How Serious Is An ACL Tear?
A rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most serious ligament injury. It can cause the knee to become unstable particularly when twisting, for example when you plant your foot and the studs catch in the ground. Longer term, it increases the risk of the knee wearing out early (osteoarthritis).
Does ACL Treatment Always Require Surgery?
Sometimes ACL injuries can be managed with physiotherapy alone. More commonly, they require a combination of physiotherapy and ACL reconstruction surgery. To improve your chances of making the best possible recovery and avoiding further injury, seek specialist advice from the Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s orthopaedic consultants immediately after a suspected ACL injury.