Although it is commonly associated with athletes, such as basketball and soccer players, an ACL tear can happen to anyone. Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is responsible for stabilizing your knee. Depending on the severity of the injury, a physician might recommend surgery to repair the knee, but even if you do not need surgery you will need physical therapy.
ACL injuries are measured in three different grades. Grade 3 is a complete ACL tear. Grades 1 and 2 are considered partial ACL injuries. In a grade 1 ACL sprain, the ligament has suffered only minor stretching and your knee is still fairly stable. Grade 2 is considered a partial ACL tear. This is when the ligament becomes loose and damaged
Where is Your ACL?
Your ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) is located in the middle of your knee and it connects your lower leg bone with your upper leg bone.
Disclaimer: The information above should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should seek the advice and care from a primary care physician or physical therapist. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.