Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
What is it?
An ACL injury occurs in the knee through the tearing or over-stretching of the ACL. The tearing could be a partial or complete tear of the ligament. The ACL injury mostly affects women more than men. It occurs commonly during sports such as basketball, soccer, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball and downward skiing. Often when this injury occurs, a “pop” sound can be heard, the knee becomes swollen and extremely painful. It then becomes difficult to put weight on the injured leg and walking becomes a challenge.