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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 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 …
How is an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament diagnosed?
During a physical examination, your doctor will check for signs of swelling, instability and reduced movement. A type of scan called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is commonly used to confirm the diagnosis, assess the grade of …
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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