ACL is an abbreviation for 'anterior cruciate ligament'.

anterior cruciate ligament

View of ACL from the front of the bended knee.

ACL - knee cut in half

View of the ACL from the side, with the knee cut in half.

 

The anterior cruciate ligament

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the two large ligaments right inside the knee joint, which are both important for knee stability.

Synonyms: 
anterior cruciate ligament
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The fundamental reason for surgical treatment of ACL rupture is to stop symptomatic instability which can produce recurrent injury - especially meniscal tears.

Just to tell you...

Not all patients with ACL rupture have this instability pattern especially if they modify their

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An 'interpretation' of a paper from 2007, which is a literature review trying to determine whether cruciate ligament injury predisposes one to osteoarthritis of the knee.

Short commentary about how long to wait before reconstructing a torn cruciate ligament.

An 'interpretation' of a paper published in 2000 which discusses the critical importance of competent rehabilitation in preventing arthrofibrotic scarring inside the knee after cruciate ligament reconstruction.

An 'interpretation'of an article from 2000 describing the possible causes of loss of full extension in the knee after cruciate ligament reconstruction, how it is managed, and highlighting the importance of rehabilitation in preventing loss of full range of movement in the first place.

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FORUM DISCUSSIONS

What is this strange hard bump on knee after recon?

ACL removal.

ACL torn or not??


CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

A Systematic Summary of Systematic Reviews on the Topic of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Anderson MJ, Browning WM, III, Urband CE, Kluczynski MA and Bisson LJ. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Mar; 4(3): 2325967116634074.

What I have learned about the ACL: utilizing a progressive rehabilitation scheme to achieve total knee symmetry after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Shelbourne KD and Klotz C. J Orthop Sci. 2006 May; 11(3): 318–325.


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eBook - ACL Repair in Children

An easy-to-read book about a challenging subject.