The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. In general, the incidence of ACL injury is higher in people who participate in high-risk sports, such as basketball, football, skiing, and soccer.
Injury to the ACL ligament results in forward translation of Tibia over Femur. This produces an instability pattern if the patient is walking brisk or walking on uneven surfaces or climbing stairs.
ACL reconstruction is required if the instability due to damaged ACL fibres is limiting the activity level of patient to a significant extent; or if the patient wants to pursue an active athletic activity/ sport.
There is some evidence that a torn ligament may accelerate the rate of degenerative changes in the knee, due to excess instability.Leave a reply →