ACL Tears Common in Los Angeles Athletics
One of the most common knee injuries diagnosed in the office of Dr. Mark Getelman, board certified knee surgeon, is an ACL tear. Athletes involved in physically demanding sports such as basketball, football and soccer are prone to injuring the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while cutting, stopping or landing incorrectly from a jump. ACL tears typically require surgery to restore stability, strength and mobility to the knee. Injured athletes can put their trust in Dr. Getelman to help return them to the game they love following a torn ACL.
What is an ACL Tear?
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs diagonally in the front (anterior) central portion of the knee joint. This particular ligament is responsible for preventing the tibia (shin bone) from sliding out in front of the femur (thigh bone). The ACL also plays a critical role in providing rotational stability to the knee.
ACL tears can occur in various ways, including stopping suddenly, slowing down while running, changing directions too quickly and landing incorrectly from a jump. These movements cause the knee to buckle and shift resulting in the tear. The ACL can also become injured from a hard blow to the knee. This is most common in contact sports such as football.
Studies within the orthopedic field continue to show that female athletes have a higher risk of ACL tears than male athletes in the same sport. The exact cause is unknown, but it is believed to be caused by differences in muscular strength, physical conditioning and neuromuscular control.
The majority of ACL tears are considered near complete or complete tears, meaning the ligament has been severed or torn from the bony attachment and the affected joint is left unstable.