What Parents NEED to Know About the ACL
The ACL: What is it, what does it do and why does it matter?
As you watch the NCAA March Madness basketball games, a player makes an athletic cut towards the basket, when suddenly he feels a “pop” and falls to the ground, clutching his knee. The crowd goes silent as the coach and Athletic Trainer rush out to the court and check on the player. What has happened is a common occurrence during athletic contests and recreational sports across the United States. The basketball player has just sustained an anterior cruciate ligament or ACL tear, which is just the beginning of a long road to recovery.
Unfortunately, this type of knee injury is extremely common among active people, in fact it’s estimated that 200,000 injuries are reported annually. The prevalence of injuries to the ACL is alarming because of the major role it plays in the stability and function of the knee and the long term effects it can have on a person's knee following an injury. The good news is that research has shown that ACL injury risk can be greatly reduced by identifying modifiable factors in those most at risk for injury. The aim of this post is to educate on what the ACL is, what it’s function is, how it is injured, can it be prevented and what role physical therapists can have in both prevention and recovery after injury.
What is the ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the knee?
How is the ACL injured or torn?
Can an ACL injury be prevented?
John Salva, PT
"We help people in pain get back to the things they want without relying on surgery or painkillers, even if past treatments have failed."