Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Aster Prime
Dr. G. Satish Reddy has more than 23 years of experience in orthopedic surgeries. He completed M.Ch Orthopedics in 2005 from the prestigious University of Dundee, Scotland (UK). He also holds a specialization in Orthopedic Oncology Fellowship at the Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna, Italy and
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, MaxCure, Hyderabad
Dr. Sunil Apsingi has more than 16 years of experience in orthopedic surgeries. He specializes in sports medicine for knee & shoulder, computer navigated knee replacement and shoulder, and knee arthroscopy.
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Sports Injury Center, Delhi
Dr. Deepak Chaudhary is an M.B.B.S and M.S. (Ortho). He specializes in Arthroscopy & Joint Replacement. He is the Director of Sports Injury Centre at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi.
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Apollo, Hyderabad
Dr. Sharat Kumar P has more than 25 years of experience in orthopedic surgeries. He is also a consultant for Rugby Football League UK, Sports doctor for Manchester Common Wealth Games, and a liaison doctor for IPL Mumbai Indians team.
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Sai Institute of Sports Injury, Delhi
Dr. K. Raghuveer Reddy is an M.S., D.N.B. in orthopedics. He also holds fellowships in Arthroscopy (Manipal) and in Sports Medicine (Germany). Currently, he practices in Sai Institute of Sports Injury & Arthroscopy, Hyderabad.
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Kokilaben, Mumbai
Dr. Dinshaw has more than 14 years of experience in orthopedic surgeries. He holds fellowships in Arthroscopy and Sports Orthopedics. He is the Director of the department of Arthroscopy and Sports Orthopedics in Kolkilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai.
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Apollo, Hyderabad
Dr. A. Mohan Krishna holds a specialization in Trauma, Joint replacements, and Arthroscopy. His area of super-specialization is Pediatric orthopedics and Bone tumor surgeries.
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Apollo Gleneagles, Kolkata
Dr. M N Basumalik is an M.S. (Orthopedics) and holds a fellowship in Joint reconstructions from Singapore. He has more than 12 years of experience in orthopedic surgeries.
Senior Orthopedic Surgeon, Cosmopoliton, Trivandrum
Dr. Harish Chandran is an M.S. (Orthopedics) and holds a Fellowship in Arthroscopy and Sports medicine from Italy. Currently, he practices in Cosmopolitan Hospital, Trivandrum.
Anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) also known as cruciate ligaments are major ligaments present in the knee joint. They are one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee.
Usually, ACL injuries occur due to a sprain or an abrupt over-stretching of the knee. Often, ACL injuries are seen in athletes and in individuals involved in contact sports, such as football, basketball, and tennis.
Early symptoms of an ACL injury are a distinct “popping” sound from the knee to a sudden change in direction followed by swelling in the region within six hours of injury, pain, and instability while standing or walking on the affected leg.
An untreated ACL tear can transmit undue pressure to other components of the knee joint causing damage.
ACL injuries can be graded based on its severity:
Mostly, ACL ligaments tear completely, a partial tear of the ligament is rare.
Generally, a partially torn ACL does not require surgical correction but if you have a torn ACL with knee instability, surgical intervention is the only treatment option.
Conservative treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation along with pain medications can be recommended during the initial stages. However, if symptoms last for more than a week, it is advisable to visit a joint specialist.
A complete tear of the ACL requires surgical repair unless the affected knee is stable. Sometimes, non-surgical treatment of an ACL tear may be considered, for instance, in elderly patients or in patients who have a sedentary lifestyle.
An ACL reconstruction surgery involves replacement of the ligament by a tissue graft. A new ligament grows on the tissue graft approximately six months after the procedure.
Tissue grafts can be obtained from patient’s own body (autograft) or from other sources (allograft).
An anterior cruciate ligament surgery is minimally invasive and requires small incisions. Post-surgical rehabilitation is an important determinant to a successful recovery from an ACL injury.
Certain palliative treatments, such as yoga, acupuncture, and physiotherapy may provide relief in cases where surgery is not feasible.