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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. She traveled to Johns Hopkins for ACL reconstruction surgery under the care of sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Cosgarea, M.D. Now Michelle is back in action and feels stronger than before surgery. Watch her inspiring story.

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Michelle's knee after surgery

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.

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