ACL Tear

ACL Tear

To learn even more about ACL injuries, as well as treatment and recovery options for them from Austin Sports Medicine, please visit our Center for ACL Injuries site at

The Anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a band of soft tissue that connects the thighbone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia) at the knee. This very important ligament prevents the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone.

ACL tears are very common, happening approximately 200,000 times a year in the U.S. They are especially common for athletes who participate in high-intensity sports like basketball and football.

ACL injuries are caused by a sudden twisting motion, overextension on the knee or getting hit on the side of your knee.

You can have a partial tear or a complete tear of the ligament or an avulsion when the ligament separates from the bone.

Symptoms of an ACL tear include:

  • Pain, especially when you try to put weight on your leg
  • Knee swelling within 6 hours of the injury
  • A popping sound at the time of injury

Our physicians are well-versed in treating this and other ACL injuries. If you’re having the above symptoms and need treatment for an ACL tear, please contact us at (512) 450-1300 or via the contact form to the right.

If you live in Central Texas and are having the above symptoms, please contact Austin Sports Medicine to make an appointment. Call (512) 450-1300 or fill out the form to the right to get a consultation with one of our board-certified orthopedic surgeons.

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