ACL Tear: Michelle's Story
ACL Surgery | Michelle's Story
Meet Michelle's Sports Medicine Specialist
- 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.