Torn ACL Symptoms
By Matt Paulus, Certified Athletic Trainer
Torn or Sprain of the ACL Symptoms
A very common injury today is an injury to the ACL or Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the knee. People usually can notice a loud popping sound as the ligament tears. Pain is almost immediate after injury. The knee starts to swell within an hour or two as blood from the ruptured ligament fills the knee joint. Some people find that walking is difficult, and the knee feels unstable. Because of the fluid within the joint, it may be difficult to fully extend or straighten the knee. Pain and swelling in the knee is never normal, especially if it happens immediately after an injury, and it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible. In addition to pain and swelling, warning signs of potential ligament damage include giving way and limping. Initial treatments including RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Anyone having symptoms associated with this injury should seek out further evaluation from an orthopedic physician who treats this condition.
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