ACL 101

Since we just completed another football season, we’ve heard our share of “ACL injuries” from announcers on just about every game. Sprains or tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are quite common in football, soccer, and basketball. For the player to continue to play the sport, it’s likely they will need surgery from Dr. Dini to get back in the game.

AWHAT IS THE ACL?

First a little anatomy of the human knee. Three bones form the knee joint: the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella). The kneecap provides protection to the front of the knee.

Those bones are connected by ligaments, and in the knee, there are four primary ligaments. The cruciate ligaments are on the inside of the knee joint. The anterior cruciate ligament is in the front, and the posterior cruciate is in the back. Together they form an “X” and control the back and forth motion of the knee.

The collateral ligaments are on the sides of the knee. The medial collateral ligament is on the inside, and the lateral collateral ligament is on the outside. Their job is to control sideways motion of the knee, limiting it.

ACL INJURIES

About one of every two ACL injuries also involve damage to surrounding structures such as the cartilage, the meniscus, or other ligaments. When you injure a ligament, it is deemed a “sprain” and is graded on the severity of the injury.

WHY DO ATHLETES GET ACL INJURIES?

Force applied in the wrong direction is usually behind most ACL injuries. Look at this list of typical causes, and you’ll understand why Dr. Dini sees so many football and soccer players.

Do you think you’ve injured your ACL? Call Dr. Dini at his Los Angeles office (323) 525-0101 or his Encino office (818) 784-1020 to have your knee checked out.

You Might Also Enjoy...

How PRP Injections Can Help Your Joint Pain

Any form of chronic pain can disrupt your life, and joint pain is no exception. When your knees hurt, it’s hard to walk, and hand and wrist pain can make even simple tasks difficult. PRP injections may be a solution.

How We Can Repair Your ACL With Knee Arthroscopy

Have you torn or ruptured your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? If so, you may be trying to decide the best course of action to get you back on your feet and living your life. Knee arthroscopy is an effective treatment approach for ACL repair.

Tips for Avoiding Arthritis

Do you have a family history of arthritis? Is it something you worry about developing? Although you can’t control all of the factors that contribute to arthritis, there are a few things you can do that may help limit your risk.