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Welcome to Reading Orthopaedics
One stop solution for hip knee and foot & ankle disorders
The commonest cause for ACL rupture is twisting
injury to the knee.
Have I ruptured my ACL?
If your knee swells up immediately and if you are
unable to continue playing, the chances are that
you have ruptured your ACL.
History and clinical examination is sufficient to
diagnose ACL injury. Sometimes, you will have
an x-ray and or MRI scan to confirm ACL injury and
find out about other associated injuries.
Do I need an operation?
If you are a keen sportsperson and like to play football
again, you need ACL reconstruction. If your knee does
not give way, you may get away with physiotherapy.
How do you reconstruct the ACL?
The 2 commonest grafts used are either hamstring
tendon or the knee cap tendon. The selection of graft
depends on various factors.
Is one graft better than other?
Knee cap tendon attaches better to the bone tunnels
as there are bone plugs at the ends of the graft.
In some individuals hamstring tendon can be very thin.
How do you fix the graft to the tunnels?
With special button for the femoral end and special
screw for the tibial end.
What are the risks of operation?
Do I need physiotherapy?
Yes. Very intensive physiotherapy
When can I go back to playing again?
It varies depending on your progress and can take
up to a year