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What is an ACL?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the major ligaments in the knee joint, connecting the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). It plays an important role in stabilising the knee joint during activities such as running, jumping, and pivoting.

ACL Injury

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a common knee injury, particularly in athletes who participate in sports that involve sudden stops, pivoting, or changes of direction, such as soccer, basketball, and football. ACL injuries can occur when the knee is twisted or hyperextended beyond its normal range of motion, or when there is a direct blow to the knee.


Symptoms of an ACL injury may include pain, swelling, and instability of the knee joint, as well as a popping sensation at the time of injury. In some cases, people may also experience difficulty walking or putting weight on the affected leg.


Treatment for an ACL injury can vary depending on the severity of the injury, but may include rest, physical therapy, bracing, or surgery. Rehabilitation after an ACL injury is important to regain strength and stability in the knee joint and to prevent future injuries.

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