Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear - FAQ

Frequently asked questions

A: The ACL is most commonly torn during sports that involve sudden stops or changes in direction. Learn more about the causes of an ACL tear.

A: An ACL tear does not usually cause hip pain.

A: With proper treatment and rehabilitation, you can start jogging again after your ACL tear has healed.

A: An ACL tear occurs in your knee. Immediately after an ACL tear, you will feel pain in your knee. You may also experience swelling and difficulty walking.

Learn more about the symptoms of an ACL tear.

A: When an ACL tears, you may hear a popping sound and feel pain in your knee.

It is best to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor will recommend imaging tests such as an MRI scan to confirm an ACL tear.

A: A grade 3 ACL tear is a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament.

While you may be able to walk on a torn ACL, this may result in increased pain and further damage.

You will most likely require surgery to repair the ligament. With treatment and rehabilitation, you can restore the function of your knee and walk normally again.

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