Torn ACL Treatment
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are among the most common knee injuries that athletes and active individuals face. The ACL runs diagonally across the middle of the knee and is one of four main ligaments in the joint, along with the medial collateral ligament, lateral collateral ligament, and the posterior cruciate ligament. These ligaments work together to hold the knee joint securely in place.
What Does Torn ACL Treatment Involve?
No two ACL injuries are identical. Each patient’s ideal course of torn ACL treatment will vary according to the extent of the injury and the patient’s age, overall health, and activity level. A senior with a torn ACL will require a different treatment approach than a young football player. Generally speaking, though, treating a torn ACL involves a combination of bracing and physical therapy to stabilize and strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint and facilitate healing.
Although not always medically necessary, many individuals with torn ACLs undergo surgery to reconstruct the ligament and restore strength and mobility to a greater extent. Surgical torn ACL treatment involves grafting a small piece of tissue from another area of the body to serve as “scaffolding” for the new ligament to grow onto.
Torn ACL Treatment at Orthopaedic Specialists
Led by award-winning, board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Orthopaedic Specialists provides world-class torn ACL treatment at our centers throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Region. Our physicians leverage minimally invasive and muscle-sparing techniques to achieve optimal results for our patients with less post-operative discomfort and recovery time.
Contact Orthopaedic Specialists today to learn more about our advanced approach to torn ACL treatment and to request an appointment with a surgeon on our team. We look forward to helping you get back on the move.