An ACL injury is a rupture or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is one of the strong bands of tissue that connects your thigh bone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia).ACL injuries are most common in sports like soccer, basketball, football, and downhill skiing that require quick stops or changes in direction, jumping, and landing. When an ACL is torn, many people hear a pop or experience a "popping" feeling in their knees. Your knee may enlarge, become unstable, and be too painful to bear weight on.
If you have ruptured your Anterior Cruciate Ligament, whether or not you will need ACL reconstruction surgery will be determined by a number of factors, including
1. Your unique individual circumstances
2. Personal goals
3. Knee stability
4. The extent of damage and tearing to your ACL and the surrounding knee structure.
Before deciding to undergo ACL reconstruction surgery on your damaged knee to repair a torn ACL, proceed with care. As long as your knee is not giving way, there is no need to rush into a decision. If you have fully ripped your Anterior Cruciate Ligament, you may need an ACL procedure to replace the damaged graft in many situations. In other situations, people may attempt to resume their usual activities without undergoing surgery.
In other words, there are some situations in which you may wish to explore strengthening and rehabilitation of your knee without undergoing surgery or inserting a new ACL graft. It is absolutely possible to avoid surgery. Returning to regular activities without surgery is not always apparent since it is based on a variety of circumstances.
The reconstruction of the ACL involves a series of fundamental stages, which may differ somewhat from case to case:
Patients can expect to stay active, enjoy high sports functions and quality of life.
ACL reconstruction surgery is generally safe.
A delay of more than six months doubles the risk of further injury and degeneration of the involved knee.
The procedure usually takes less than two hours.