ACL Reconstruction as an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Treatment
The ACL is the most commonly torn ligament in the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament is in the front of the knee joint (anterior) and crosses (cruciate) in front of the PCL. Along with the other major restraints including the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and posterior lateral complex (PLC), the knee joint is effectively stabilized during movement. The ACL also contributes to providing stability of the knee with rotational movements or twisting. In many cases, the ACL is injured during athletic participation, but may also happen with certain other traumatic injury patterns to the knee. An anterior cruciate ligament treatment, typically an ACL reconstruction, is required in the majority of patients to return knee stability and function following an injury. Dr. Jeff Padalecki, knee surgeon, specializes in ACL surgery in patients living in Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas communities.
At the time of an ACL injury to the knee some patients report hearing a pop, and will notice that their knee will begin to swell and have pain. In most cases, due to the nature of injury, the ACL typically does not heal on its own. Certain patients can be treated with rehabilitation, but this is recommended for older patients, or those with a lower activity level. In younger, active patients surgery is usually recommended to help patients get back to their level of pre-injury activity.