ACL Reconstruction Specialist

Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Jacksonville, FL

Knee pain, swelling, and instability are common signs of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. To understand the extent of your injury and get treatment, visit the specialists at Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. With decades of experience in diagnosis and surgical ACL reconstruction, you can get the relief you need and return to the activities you love. Schedule a consultation today by calling the office or booking online.

ACL Reconstruction Q & A

What is the ACL?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major ligament inside the knee — located between your femur and tibia — that provides support to your knee joint. Abruptly stopping or changing direction when running and direct trauma to the knee during sports, car accidents, or falls may sprain the ACL.

ACL sprains are divided into three categories or grades. These include:

Grade 1 Sprains

In a grade 1 sprain, the ACL is overstretched, but not torn.

Grade 2 Sprains

With a grade 2 sprain, the ACL is overstretched and partially torn.

Grade 3 Sprains

During a grade 3 sprain, the ACL is stretched far enough to tear completely.

The team determines the extent of your injury with a consultation and exam.

What are signs of an ACL injury?

In about half of ACL injuries, other structures in the knee are also affected, including the ligaments on the sides of the knee and the menisci inside the knee. Common signs of ACL injuries include:

  • Pain inside the knee joint
  • Swelling that sets in within 24 hours
  • Loss of normal range of motion in the knee
  • Tenderness along the joint line
  • Discomfort when walking
  • Sensation that your knee will give out

When the ligament is torn, you may also hear or feeling a popping sensation inside your knee when the injury occurs.

How is an ACL tear diagnosed?

To diagnose an ACL sprain or tear, the team begins with a thorough consultation and physical exam. The team first asks about your symptoms and specific injuries to your knee. Next, they perform orthopedic tests to check the range of motion and stability of your knee.

After your exam, the team refers you for X-rays or an MRI. Based on your exam and imaging, the doctors explain your diagnosis and outline a treatment plan.

How is an ACL tear repaired?

If you have a grade 3 sprain — complete tear — or previous conservative treatments didn’t work, the team may recommend an ACL reconstruction surgery. During the surgery, the team uses arthroscopy to access the inside of your knee and replace the torn ACL with a tissue graft.

Over the next six months, a new ligament grows over the tissue graft to improve stability in your knee. A rehab program during your recovery improves your range of motion and prevents knee stiffness.

For more information about ACL reconstruction, call or book an appointment at Bahri Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic.

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