Middle aged man holding his left knee in pain due to ACL injury

Treatment for an ACL tear depends on the severity of the injury. In some cases, surgery is necessary to repair the ligament. In others, physical therapy may be all that is required. This post will explain the options available for those suffering from an ACL tear. Stay tuned for further posts about specific treatments and surgeries as we delve deeper into this topic.

 

Why are ACL injuries so common?

ACL injuries are common because the ACL is one of the most important ligaments in the knee. It stabilizes the joint and helps keep the leg from moving too far forward. ACL tears can occur when there is a sudden change in direction or speed, or when the knee is hyperextended. ACL injuries are also common in contact sports such as football and hockey.

 

There are a few reasons why ACL injuries are common. First, the ACL is one of the most important ligaments in the knee. It stabilizes the joint and helps keep the leg from moving too far forward. ACL tears can occur when there is a sudden change in direction or speed, or when the knee is hyperextended. ACL injuries are also common in contact sports such as football and hockey.

 

Second, ACL injuries often occur in young athletes. This is because young people are more likely to participate in activities that put them at risk for ACL tears. Young athletes may also be more likely to take risks and push their bodies to the limit, which can lead to ACL injuries.

 

Third, women are more likely than men to suffer from ACL injuries. This is believed to be due to differences in anatomy and muscle strength. Women also tend to land from jumps differently than men, which may put extra stress on the ACL.

Man holding on to a crutch after sufferring an ACL knee injury

Can ACL tear cause hip pain?

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a key ligament in the knee joint. It provides stability to the knee and helps prevent the shinbone from sliding forward. ACL tears are a common knee injury, particularly among athletes. ACL tears can cause pain in the hip, as well as in the knee. This is because when the ACL is torn, it can cause instability in the knee joint. This instability can lead to pain in other joints, such as the hip, as the body tries to compensate for the instability. If you have ACL tear and are experiencing hip pain, it is important to see a doctor determine if your hip pain is being caused by the ACL tear or by another condition.

 

Will ACL heal on its own?

Not usually, ACL will not heal on its own. ACL must be treated with surgery in many cases. ACL reconstruction is the most common treatment for a torn ACL. The ACL can not be sewn back together, so the surgeon will take a piece of tissue from another part of your body to replace the ACL, this is known as graft surgery.

 

Which ACL surgery is best?

ACL reconstruction is the most common treatment for a torn ACL. The ACL can not be sewn back together, so the surgeon will take a piece of tissue from another part of your body to replace the ACL. This is known as graft surgery. There are three main types of ACL graft surgery: patellar tendon graft, hamstring tendon graft, and allograft.

 

Your orthopedic surgeon will recommend the best type of ACL graft surgery for you based on many factors, including:

 

  • Age
  • Activity level
  • Sport(s) played
  • Knee anatomy
  • Other injuries to the knee

 

Which ACL graft is best?

There are different types of ACL grafts that can be used for surgery, and the best type of ACL graft for you will depend on several factors. Your age, activity level, and other factors will be taken into consideration when deciding which ACL graft is best for you. The most common ACL grafts are the patellar tendon graft and the hamstring tendon graft.

 

The patellar tendon graft is taken from the kneecap area. This ACL graft is best for young, active patients. The patellar tendon graft is a strong ACL graft option, but it can cause more knee pain than other ACL graft options.

 

The hamstring tendon graft is taken from the back of the thigh. This ACL graft is a good option for patients of all ages. The hamstring tendon graft is a strong ACL graft option and has a lower risk of causing knee pain than the patellar tendon graft.

 

Your surgeon will discuss which ACL graft is best for you based on your individual factors. ACL surgery is a very successful treatment option, and most patients are able to return to their previous level of activity after surgery.

 

Which ACL graft is the strongest?

The ACL graft that is best for you will depend on several factors, but the patellar tendon graft and the hamstring tendon graft are both strong ACL graft options. Your surgeon will be able to discuss which ACL graft is best for you based on your individual factors. ACL surgery is a very successful treatment option, and most patients are able to return to their previous level of activity after surgery.

 

ACL graft surgery is a successful treatment option for a torn ACL, and most patients are able to return to their previous level of activity after surgery. There are different types of ACL grafts that can be used for surgery, and the best type of ACL graft for you will depend on several factors. Your age, activity level, and other factors will be taken into consideration when deciding which ACL graft is best for you. The most common ACL grafts are the patellar tendon graft and the hamstring tendon graft. Talk to your surgeon about which ACL graft is best for you.

Female orthopedic surgeon performs ACL tendon repair with graft surgery in an operating theatre

When is ACL surgery necessary?

ACL surgery is usually only necessary if the ligament is completely torn or if there is a significant amount of damage. If the ACL is only partially torn, then nonsurgical treatments may be sufficient. However, if the ACL is completely torn, then surgery is often the best option in order to restore stability to the knee joint. ACL surgery is also often recommended for athletes who wish to return to high-level competition, as it can help to reduce the risk of further injury.

 

What should I ask my doctor about ACL surgery?

Before having ACL surgery, it is important to ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of the procedure. You should also ask about the expected recovery time and what you can do to help ensure a successful outcome. It is also important to ask your doctor about any potential complications that may occur. By asking these questions, you can help to ensure that you are fully informed about ACL surgery and that you are making the best decision for your individual situation.

 

Conclusion

If you are considering ACL reconstruction surgery, be sure to consult with a qualified orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Srikanth KN and Dr. Garrett Cuppels, MD are experts in the field of sports injuries and complicated tendon repair and can help you decide which type of graft surgery is best for you. They will also guide you through the recovery process so that you can make a smooth and speedy return to your active lifestyle.

 

Click on either of their profiles below to set up an on-demand telemedicine appointment for your expert second opinion for your ACL injury, or any other orthopedic injury.

Dr. Srikanth K.N.

Robotic Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery

Dr. Garrett Cuppels, MD

General Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Ismail Sayeed CEO Medical Director ViOS, Inc.

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2 Comments

  1. Garrett Cuppels, MD

    As an Orthopedic Surgeon, I have treated many ACL injuries with the graft techniques described in the article. However, during my fellowship, our preference was to use the Achilles tendon allograft because this tendon is the strongest in the human body and allows for a more aggressive rehab protocol. Being that it is an allograft, or tissue from a cadaver donor, it does come with risks including a possible weakening from an immune response however it also allows faster recovery times.

    As the science of orthopedic tendon repairs has advanced, so to has the newest technique known as BEAR, Bridge-enhanced anterior cruciate ligament repair (BEAR) combines suture repair of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) with a specific extracellular matrix scaffold (the BEAR scaffold) that is placed in the gap between the torn ends of the ACL to facilitate ligament healing.

    So there are many options to consider when deciding how to treat an ACL injury therefore consulting with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in this type of procedure is your best option to ensure the best possible outcome. He or she will provide you with the necessary information and experience so that together you can make an informed decision on how to proceed and restore your knee stability so that you can enjoy your activities again.

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  2. vioswp

    Superb insight Dr. Garret!
    Thank you for updating our knowledge base on the latest techniques and options for ACL injuries.

    Here at the VIOS Clinic, we strive to bring you the best minds n modern medicine, who know exactly what type of procedure would be the right fit for your medical needs.

    Dr. Ismail Sayeed
    Medical Director
    The VIOS Clinic

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