Treatment of pain from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
If you sprain or tear this ligament you can expect pain, loss of stability, swelling, tenderness along the joint line, and loss of range of motion. These pain symptoms are treated by physical therapy and massage at NuView Health Medical. We help you regain strength and flexibility. Our doctors will work with you to devise a program that matches your future goals.
ACL injuries are graded according to severity
A Grade 1 sprain has caused enough overstretching to hurt, but the ligament is still tight enough to provide joint stability. At Grade 2, the ligament has loosened enough to result in instability. Grade 3 is an outright tear of the ligament – often into separate pieces.
What's the function of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament?
The anterior cruciate ligament controls the back and forth motion of the knee, keeps the tibia (shin bone) from sliding out in front of the femur (thigh bone), and provides the knee with rotational stability.
Changing direction suddenly is most likely to result in an ACL injury
A frequent cause of these injuries is changing direction performed suddenly. This motion is prevalent in sports like football, basketball, and tennis. When your body is moving at high speed and then a sudden stop is needed, it’s easy to put too much torque on the knee.