Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four major ligaments within the knee joint. It sits deep within the knee joint and helps hold the knee stable in certain rotational sports activities and also can act in stabilizing the knee in general daily activity. It may tear with a sudden stress to the knee. We see this with various activities including things like basketball, football, skiing or other traumas such as stepping in a hole or severely rotating your leg. After the initial injury phase, many times the knee feels unstable after an anterior cruciate ligament tear.
Treatment options depend on the expected activity level of the patient. Depending on the patient’s desires, a number of different options may be considered from physical therapy to surgical reconstruction. Bracing may also play a part in your care but all will depend on your desires and your expectations. When surgery is indicated, Dr. Vizzi will use advanced arthroscopic techniques to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament.
Dr. Vizzi can treat ACL injuries right here in Lafayette. We will do our best to ensure that your experience with this painful and serious injury is as smooth as possible. The ACL is extremely important for athletes and non-athletes alike. Be sure to contact Dr. Vizzi immediately if you’ve had an ACL injury. Dial 911 if it’s an emergency.