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Anterior cruciate ligament injury

A full or partial tear to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common sports injury

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The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a band of strong connective tissue that runs across and inside your knee to keep it stable. Tearing the ACL is a common sports injury, which may happen during an awkward landing, impact or sudden changes of direction. Our knee specialists can assess your knee and advise on the best way to treat it.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injuries icon plus

    When you tear your ACL, you may experience some or all of the following:

    • a popping or snapping sound at the time
    • pain
    • rapid onset of swelling
    • feeling unstable or unsteady when moving after the injury
    • knee stiffness
  • Screening and diagnosis icon plus

    Our knee specialists will assess you in great detail and this will often involve special tests such as an MRI scan. These can help assess the severity of the injury and help your consultant decide on the next steps of your recovery.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Resting your knee is a key part of the recovery. Your consultant will discuss any further treatment options with you. These may depend on how stable your knee feels, your day-to-day function and your sporting profile. In certain cases, you may need to consider ACL reconstruction surgery to rebuild your ACL ligaments. This involves rebuilding the ACL with other tissue — usually your own hamstrings or patella tendon. Your consultant will talk this through with you.
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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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