Overview of a Torn ACL

The anterior cruciate ligament, also referred to as ACL, is one of the ligaments in the knee. It connects the upper and lower leg bones. When the ACL tears, it causes the knee to become unstable and may cause the knee to “give way.”

What is a Torn ACL Injury?

A tear to the ACL occurs when the knee joint twists or bends backwards or sideways. Injury to the ACL most often occurs from sports activities, falls, and work injuries. An ACL tear can range from mild to severe. A severe case is most damaging because it causes the ligament to tear completely, or it causes the ligament and a portion of the bone to separate from the remaining bone. As a result, this causes the knee to buckle, and the knee joint will fill with blood if the blood vessels tears.

Symptoms of a Torn ACL Injury

A torn ACL injury can result in some of the following symptoms:

  • Popping noise
  • Buckling of the knee
  • Swelling
  • Severe pain
  • Limited movement of the knee

Treatment of a Torn ACL Injury

Treatment for a torn ACL can include nonsurgical and surgical treatment. The first step in treating a torn ACL is to reduce the swelling. This is accomplished by resting the knee, using ice, and elevating the leg. It may be necessary to use a splint to stabilize the knee. Physical therapy will help the knee return to normal or near-normal functioning. Surgery may be required if reconstruction of the ACL is necessary, or if repair to another knee-related injury is required.

If you tore your ACL in a work-related injury, you may be able to receive Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. A Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney can help assess your case and advise you on your workers’ compensation claim. Call Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., at 717-695-4722 or 877-291-WORK (9675) to schedule a consultation.