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What is an anterior cruciate ligament injury?
Known as an ACL injury, this is damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, one of the strong ligaments within the knee that connects the shinbone (tibia) to the thighbone (femur). It can occur during all levels of physical activity, but is …
What are the symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injury?
Symptoms of anterior cruciate ligament injury include: • Swelling, pain and tenderness in the knee or the surrounding area; • Reduced movement of the knee; • A popping or snapping sound, which is sometimes heard as a ligament is …
What causes anterior cruciate ligament injuries?
An injury to the anterior cruciate ligament can be caused by a range of activities, such as soccer, football or basketball. A sudden deceleration, twisting of the knee in the opposite direction, or a direct blow to the side of the knee can …
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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury