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The most common knee injury among athletes is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). ACL injuries tend to be common in sports that involve a sudden change in direction, such as soccer, football, and basketball. As one of the four major ligaments in the knee, the ACL provides stability for the joint by preventing hyperextension or excessive movement.

When athletes experience ACL injuries, they have many treatment options available to help them return to the game. Nonoperative methods can range from exercise programs to bracing to surgery. When surgery is needed, ACL reconstruction may be an option to consider.

The ACL can be reconstructed using the patient’s own tissues or using specially procured grafts. The goal of ACL reconstructive surgery is to provide functional return to match the activity demands of each patient. While the goal is to reconstruct and repair, sports medicine experts also want to help prevent bone diseases, such as arthritis, from occurring down the road.

Yes, ACL injuries are serious, but that doesn’t mean you are unable to resume the life you love. Once your doctor has determined that you are physically able to enter back into the game, you can enjoy your normal functions once again.

For more information on ACL reconstruction or if you or your athlete is experiencing an ACL injury, please request an appointment with one of our sports medicine specialists at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Region or call (828) 537-4032.