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Treatment for ACL Tears

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a structure within the knee that helps control back and forth movement, rotation and translation of the knee joint. It is one of the most common knee ligaments to be injured and may be torn during a sudden, twisting movement of the knee.

ACL Tear Treatment: What You Need to Know

  • If you participate in sports like skiing, basketball or football, you have a greater risk of injuring or tearing your ACL.
  • Female athletes are four to eight times more likely to experience an ACL injury than male athletes.
  • Diagnosing an ACL tear may require a physical exam, X-ray, MRI scan and sometimes knee arthroscopy.
  • If you sustain an ACL tear, you may need surgery to repair it. During ACL reconstruction surgery, the damaged ligament is replaced using a tendon graft.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of ACL tears?

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Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage your
ACL tear.

Andrew Cosgarea, M.D.
Rajwinder Deu, M.D.
Sameer Dixit, M.D.
R. Jay Lee, M.D.
John Wilckens, M.D.
Bashir Zikria, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Andrew Cosgarea examines an athlete's ACL injury

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An individual approach to repairing ACL damage works best for Dr. Andrew Cosgarea’s diverse patient population. Once he knows how active a patient wants to be, he tailors the operation and graft for that individual’s reconstruction.

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