If you’ve injured your knee playing sport, or even at work, it can cause ongoing pain, discomfort and mobility issues. Did you have pain and swelling at the time? Do you have ongoing problems with pain? Is your knee giving way? Well, you may have torn one of your knee ligaments!
It is not always easy to diagnose a ligament knee injury unless you are a specialist in the field. You may have see your GP, physiotherapist or emergency doctor but if you still having trouble its always worthwhile seeing a specialist for a thorough assessment and an MRI scan to find out exactly what the problem is.
You might have even heard or been told you need ACL reconstruction, but have no real idea what it means or what it entails. ACL stands for ‘Anterior Cruciate Ligament’ and it’s one of the key ligaments that helps keep your knee joint stable.
It’s most commonly torn during sports that involve a sudden stop and/or change in direction, such as football, tennis, or basketball/volleyball.
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You might be concerned that surgery sounds extreme – but ACL reconstruction is a commonly performed surgical procedure and with recent advances in arthroscopic surgery can now be performed with minimal incisions and low complication rates.
Not everyone needs surgery. Some people can compensate for the injured ligament with strengthening exercises or a brace. In fact, I ruptured my cruciate ligament kite-surfing a few years ago and still kitesurf and windsurf without difficulty using a knee brace.
Do I need surgery?
This is the critical question, of course, but ultimately everyone’s needs will vary. Depending on the extent of the injury, your lifestyle, etc… But don’t worry, help is at hand. You can either book a consultation with me (and thanks to it being private, there’s no long waiting times to see me) or you can simply start by downloading my free guide: