What is an ACL Tear?  - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) - Southwest Iowa (IA)

According to Eric Samuelson, Orthopedic Surgeon at CHI Health Clinic, the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL is one of the four main stabilizing structures of the knee. It’s also one of the most commonly injured. ACL tears can occur from direct contact but often times they occur without contact. These non-contact ACL injuries occur when a patient sustains a twisting type injury to the knee overloading the ligament leading to a tear.

How does an ACL tear heal?

ACL tears don’t typically heal very well. We often recommend surgical reconstruction of this ligament in order to restore stability to the knee and return function.

How is an ACL tear treated?

ACL reconstruction is actually a very common procedure. More than 100,000 are performed each year in the United States. Typically patients do really well with this surgery and often have to be reminded to slow it down until they complete rehabilitation.

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