ACL Tear: Michelle's Story

While pivoting for a kick during a martial arts grading examination, Michelle felt a painful pop in her knee and knew something was terribly wrong. She had torn her ACL. Michelle was determined to get back to her active lifestyle and find a doctor who understood her goals.

ACL Surgery | Michelle's Story

Meet Michelle's Sports Medicine Specialist

  • Andrew John Cosgarea, M.D.

    • The Drew Family Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in honor of Alec J. Cosgarea
    • Head Team Physician, Johns Hopkins University Athletic Department

About Ligament Injuries to the Knee

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common ligaments to be injured. The ACL is often stretched and/or torn during a sudden twisting motion (when the feet stay planted one way, but the knees turn the other way). Often, an ACL injury does not cause pain. Instead, the person may hear a popping sound as the injury occurs, followed by the leg buckling when trying to stand on it, and swelling. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

Learn more about knee ligament injuries