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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 …
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