ACL injuries are among the most common types of knee injuries. They often
occur during sports and can involve a sprain or a tear of the anterior
cruciate ligament that runs diagonally across the knee. If an ACL injury
is confirmed during a
diagnostic imaging test, an orthopedics specialist may recommend a variety of treatments, from
resting the knee to surgically rebuilding the ligament. Here are some
of the most frequent causes of this common injury.
Rapid Change of Direction
If you have to change direction rapidly, especially when you are running,
the movement can put undue pressure on your knee. As a result, your ACL
may be overextended and become sprained or torn. Although this injury
can happen at any time, it is especially common in sports that require
fast pivoting, such as basketball and football. As with all types of
ACL injuries, female athletes are more vulnerable to this kind of knee damage. Doctors
suspect this could be because of differences between men and women in
lower leg alignment or because of the effect of estrogen on ligaments.
Landing Incorrectly from a Jump
Landing incorrectly on your knee with force, such as when you land after
a jump, can strain all of your knee ligaments, including the ACL. You
don’t have to be an athlete to experience this kind of injury—even
landing incorrectly on your knee from a very short height can cause a
problem—athletes in certain sports are the most vulnerable. Basketball
players, football players, gymnasts, and track athletes are especially
likely to have this kind of ACL injury.
Knee injuries like ACL tears can also be the result of a direct collision.
This is most likely in contact sports, like football, but accidental collisions
off the field can also lead to ACL injuries.
If you experience the symptoms of an ACL injury, which can include a “pop”
at the time of injury, knee pain, sudden instability, and more, ask your
doctor to refer you to
Raulerson Hospital for radiology and diagnostic imaging near Okeechobee, FL. For additional
information about our outpatient services and diagnostic imaging, please
call (863) 763-9228