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ACL Tear Treatment

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.

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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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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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Preventing ACL Tears: 4 Tips for Women and Girls

Sports injury prevention isn’t a one-stop shop when it comes to male and female athletes, especially for injuries like ACL tears, which are four to eight times more common among women than men. Women’s sports medicine expert and orthopaedic surgeon Miho Tanaka provides four tips for women to help prevent this common injury from occurring.

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