ACL Tear: Orthopedic Treatment In Carrollton, TX

by Craig W. Goodhart, MD 18. June 2015 04:29

ACL, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, is a tough ligament located in the center of the knee joint. It runs diagonally in the center of the knee and provides it rotational stability. The femur, the patella and the tibia meet at the knee joint and the ACL controls the movement of tibia under the femur. An ACL tear occurs due to over stretching or straightening of the knee beyond its normal limits. Sportspersons playing football and basketball are prone to suffer from an ACL tear.

Causes

  • Sudden slowing down while running
  • Stopping abruptly
  • Changing directions suddenly
  • Collision
  • Landing incorrectly after a jump
  • Twisting or hyper extending the knee
  • Falls from height

Symptoms

  • Intense pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Popping sound
  • Loss of full range of motion
  • Inability to walk
  • Knee gives way or feels instable

Diagnosis

If you experience the above stated symptoms, you should immediately consult an orthopedic doctor. He may ask you questions related to your medical history and how the injury occured. A thorough physical examination assists the doctor in diagnosing ACL tear and prescribe a line of treatment. The physician may also recommend imaging tests such as X-ray, MRI scan, CT Scan to rule out any fracture in the knee.

Treatment

The physician often recommends surgery to young athletes who are involved in high demand sports so that they can recover quickly. However, elderly patients and those who live a quieter lifestyle are recommended non-surgical treatment options.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Rest: The patient can be advised to take rest to reduce pain.
  • Physical therapy: Exercises and physical therapy can assist in healing and promoting flexibility in the joint.
  • Bracing: The non-surgical ACL treatment includes bracing, which provides stability to the knee.
  • Crutches: The patient may be advised to use crutches to avoid putting weight on the knee.
  • Surgical treatment: In case of severe damage, the ligaments are rebuilt to repair the ACL and restore knee stability. The orthopedic surgeon reconstructs the torn ligament with a tissue graft. This minimal invasive surgery is performed with the help of Arthroscope. The doctor may advise physical therapy and the patient may be recommended to follow a proper rehabilitation program to recover from the surgery.

After undergoing ACL tear treatment, the patient may need to undergo professional physiotherapy to get back to your normal routine and regain motion. Proper stretching and strengthening exercises advised by the physiotherapist helps to regain strength and movement in the joint.

For diagnosis and treatment of ACL Tear, consult Dr. Goodhart in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, you can call at (972) 492-1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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