ACL – anterior cruciate ligament
The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament, one of the more commonly known sports injuries, could be season ending. The ACL gets it’s name from the latin word “cruciate”, meaning “cross” because the ACL crosses in the front part of the knee. It helps stabilize the Femur to the Tibia and prevents excessive rotational and side-to-side movement.
An injury to the ACL can occur with no contact at all. Sudden stops, pivoting and planting can result in an ACL injury. If completely torn the ACL injury needs to be surgically repaired. A graft is harvested from the Patellar tendon or Hamstring tendon and is inserted where the former ACL was located and secured by two screws.
Physical therapy is required for up to 6-9 months. With newer techniques and intense physical therapy the athlete may return to the field within 3-4 months.
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