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Hi, this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy and today I want to talk about ligament injuries in the knee, specifically the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL.
So we've talked about the ACL before which is a ligament inside the knee which kind of runs front to back in the knee and prevents some shearing forces in the knee. But the question often is, did I injure my ACL and if so, what would it present like?
So typically people injure their ACL either through a hyper extension injury which is like a shearing force of the lower part of the knee forward where they can get a pop or click sensation; or if they're standing on one knee and cut sharply and they pivot on the knee. Sometimes you can get to a point where the ligament is torn.
Typically people will feel a pop or click suddenly and the knee feels unstable. You're not necessarily going to get swelling right away at the time. But if someone has heard a pop or click with a movement like I described they should have it investigated to be sure if they've torn this ligament or not.