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Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine of San Antonio

Anterior Cruciate Ligament or ACL


The anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, connects the thighbone (the femur) to the leg bone (the tibia) and acts to prevent your thighbone from moving too far forward over the knee joint. This ligament also helps stabilize the leg bone from rotating out of the knee joint.

Wear and tear of the ACL can cause the ligament to be stretched beyond its normal range. Most patients report hearing popping sounds at the time of injury followed by the knee giving way and accompanied by swelling and pain.

Non-surgical treatments, such as rehabilitation may an option for some patients, while surgical reconstruction may be more appropriate for others. Dr. Whaley, upon a complete evaluation and diagnosis, will discuss the available options and help you select the course of treatment that will help you reach your goals. For more information on ACL including diagrams, click here.

If you are experiencing any pain or decreased functionality, call our office today for a thorough evaluation and customized treatment plan.

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