Recently, more and more people are attempting to be active by playing sports. In fact, sports are a fun way to increase your level of physical activity, but they can also lead to many types of injury. One type of injury amateur sports players should be particularly aware of is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, and knowing some of the symptoms of ACL tears can help you recognize this injury and get treatment more quickly. 

What is the ACL?

Your knee joint needs many muscles, ligaments and tendons to operate correctly, and one of the most important of these structures is the ACL. In fact, the ACL performs two important jobs in the knee. 

Helping to maintain stability is one job of the ACL. Stability is important for your knee because it helps reduce the chances of injury while playing sports. Also, your ACL is required to connect your upper thigh bone, or femur, to your shinbone, or tibia. The firm but flexible connection that the ACL provides is a major reason why your knee has the ability to move in so many ways. 

What are some causes of ACL tears?

Although the ACL is relatively flexible, it can also be torn or injured in other ways. In fact, sports are one of the most common activities that lead to ACL injuries. For instance, the sudden stops required by sports like soccer, football, rugby and basketball can often lead to an injured ACL. In addition, sports like these also expose the knee to the high forces of sudden changes in direction, and these forces can easily result in an ACL tear. 

What are some common ACL tear symptoms?

There are several common ACL tear symptoms that you should be aware of. Probably the first symptom you’ll notice with this type of injury is a popping sound in your knee. This is usually followed by immediate and severe knee pain, and this pain may make it impossible to continue doing the activity. Also, your knee may begin to swell very quickly after your injury. 

Other symptoms you may notice include: 

  • Loss of range of motion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Joint stiffness
  • Feeling of instability in the knee

If you experience any of these symptoms, then you should seek help from a medical professional right away. 

Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help treat ACL tear symptoms

Our team of physical therapists at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help treat many types of sports injuries. For instance, we’ve helped many athletes treat ACL tear symptoms. To treat your symptoms, we’ll create a personalized therapy plan that uses the best evidence-based therapy methods. 

Are you ready to get help with your ACL tear? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment

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