The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a band of tissue that connects the femur to the tibia inside the knee, providing stability to the joint. Through injury or trauma, the ACL can become torn which can cause pain and instability. An ACL tear often occurs during athletic activities which require a sudden stop and turn of the knee, or a blow that forces the joint to bend beyond its normal range of motion.
The most common symptoms of an ACL tear are pain, instability, swelling, stiffness, weakness, and a popping sound.
Treatment options for a worn ACL include rest, ice, bracing, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Bone Marrow Concentrate Therapy. Surgery is commonly required.