An ACL injury is a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury that is one of the most common and usually painful injuries anyone can have. It is most often associated with sports that involve frequent running or jumping, causing stress and pressure to the ligament. It is one of the most painful because this injury involves the knees, which is one of the most rich in nerves of our whole entire body.
What is the ACL?
The ACL or anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four major ligaments in your knee. It is located in the middle of the knee, which stop the shin bone from sliding in front if the thighbone.
The four ligaments in the knees provide the much needed stability in order for your knee to work properly. When you force these ligaments or extend them beyond their capability, you put so much stress in them that it tears and get ripped.
What are the symptoms?
Usually, a torn ACL has 4 specific symptoms. It is important to note that this type of injury may need surgery and prompt rehabilitation.
- At the very moment of the injury happening, you may hear a pop or a popping sound. It is a very distinct sound and feeling.
- A sudden onset of intense pain. This pain typically describes as burning or searing.
- Within the first few hours, intense swelling may happen around the area of injury.
- You usually cannot straighten or bend your knee and it feels tight. Trying to move your knee in any direction may be very painful.
However, there are certain injuries that manifest like an ACL injury. These include bone breakage and some injuries to the knee cushions and to the other parts of the knee like the ligaments of the knees.
What is Chronic ACL deficiency?
Chronic ACL deficiency occurs when your knee joints chronically becomes unstable. When this happens, your knees would tend to give in to the pressure and give out—sometimes with pain and inflammation, which makes it more uncomfortable. Not everyone with an ACL injury develops this deficiency, but it can happen to anyone who has had it.
In the circumstance that an ACL injury develops into a life-long and recurrent ACL deficiency, the condition will then lead to a pain and inflammation around the knee area especially during times when the knee buckles or gives out. It is important to note that when you experience an injury, it is of utmost importance that you make sure it has been properly restored to its full function and properly rehabilitated before doing any activity. When you don’t, this is when ACL deficiency can happen as well. In the long run, ACL deficiency can also lead to osteoarthritis, which is another condition of the bones and joints.
ACL injury is something that can be prevented; however, there are times when it just happens to you especially if you’re involved in rigorous sports. Know the proper ways to take care of your condition and how to properly rehabilitate your bones and joints. Also, remember to always consult with your doctor or physical therapist.