What are the signs and symptoms of an ACL tear?

The anterior cruciate ligament or ACL is the most common knee ligament injury that requires surgery. A significant injury always causes the ACL to tear. Most patients who experience an ACL tear describe their foot being planted on the ground while the body twists, resulting in a “pop” in the knee with a lot of swelling. 

When you have an ACL tear, it is difficult to walk and move the knee fully. With rest, ice and non-prescription pain relievers, the knee will feel better in 1-2 weeks; however, the ACL will remain torn. 

In some cases patients had an ACL injury years ago that was never diagnosed and continues to cause giving way, weakness and instability, particularly with twisting, pivoting or jumping activities. If you are experiencing knee pain and suspect an ACL tear, it’s time to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic knee specialist.