The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee. ACL injuries occur most often in athletes as a result of direct contact, landing awkwardly after a fall or playing recklessly. About half of all ACL injuries are also accompanied by damage to the meniscus, cartilage, bone or other ligaments in the knee.
Signs that you may have injured your ACL include:
- Pain swelling and instability immediately after the injury
- Greater swelling and pain
- Limited motion
- An inability to walk comfortably
While not all ACL injuries will require surgery, leaving the ligament torn or damaged puts you at risk for recurring episodes of knee instability. It may also increase the likelihood of developing tissue damage or arthritis over time. In many cases, patients will not be able to resume high-level athletic activity without surgery.
Dr. Scott Sigman is specially trained in and performs all types of grafts to repair your ACL and get you back to your favorite activities again. A huge benefit is that, Dr. Sigman can use your own tendon for the repair. He tailors each treatment plan specifically to your injury for a quicker recovery time. Graft choices include your patellar tendon, hamstring tendons, quad tendon or the choice of allograft tissue.