New Jersey's Leading Experts in Knee Conditions & Procedures
Our expert team specializes in restoring function to the Knee after injury or deterioration. We utilize the expertise of awarded Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, and Physical Therapists to develop specific treatment plans based on your unique injury, lifestyle, and goals.
What is an ACL Tear/Injury?
An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear/injury is one of the most common and well-known orthopedic injuries. The ACL is a very important ligament because it prevents the tibia (shin bone) from sliding in front of the femur (thigh bone). The ACL stabilizes the knee while walking, running, jumping, and moving from side to side. An ACL tear/injury usually occurs during running and jumping sports and activities. Movements that cause an ACL tear/injury are:
- Suddenly changing directions
- Suddenly stopping
- Landing from a jump
A blow to the knee may also be a cause. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and instability. Patients who sustain an ACL tear/injury should see one of our specialist as soon as possible. A physical examination determines the severity of the tear/injury. Once swelling decreases, X-rays, and an MRI are ordered and analyzed. An accurate diagnosis is always made.
How is an ACL Tear/Injury Treated?
Nonsurgical treatment options are used to treat an ACL sprain or partial tear. The following may be included in a customized OIBO treatment plan:
- Medications. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease pain and swelling.
- Physical therapy. Exercises strengthen the ACL and surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons.
- Immobilization. A brace and crutches take the weight off the knee.
- Activity modification. Slowing down or stopping activities that caused the injury or cause symptom flare-ups.
Complete ACL tears usually require surgical intervention. During an ACL repair, our specialists removes the torn ACL and replaces with hamstring tendons or a cadaver ligament. Physical therapy after surgery is an important part of recovery. Strength and flexibility are regained during one-on-one appointments with our approved physical therapist. To schedule your appointment with one of our specialists, call our practice or visit our contact page.
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