ACL Injury: The Scourge of Skiers
- Popping noise when injury occurs
- Swelling in the knee within 24 hours
- Loss of full range of motion
- Instability—a wobbly feeling that will make it difficult to stand or walk
- Rest and stay off the knee as much as possible
- Keep the knee iced and elevated
- Anti-inflammatory medications (like ibuprofen) will help with pain and swelling
- Wearing a knee brace to stabilize the knee joint
- Small incisions are made around the knee.
- Small surgical tools are inserted through the incisions. The tools will remove the torn ends of the ACL.
- The ACL will be replaced by a graft. The graft may be taken from patellar tendon (the one that attaches the kneecap to the tibia) or some of the hamstring tendons. The graft is attached to both the lower leg bone and the thigh bone.
- Regain range of motion
- Strengthen the muscles around the knee
- Improve balance
- Protect the ligament from further damage
- Physical training to get you on your skis again
- Ski under control
- Bend your hips or knees when landing from a jump
- Warm up before exercising
American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org/
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.aossm.org/
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org/
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org/
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php. Updated November 3, 2012. Accessed November 15, 2012.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries. Orthoinfo from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00549. Updated March 2009. Accessed November 15, 2012.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries. Teens Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/teen/sports%5Fcenter/injuries/acl%5Finjuries.html#Updated October 2012. Accessed November 15, 2012.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries: Treatment and Rehabilitation. Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine and Science website. Available at: http://www.sportsci.org/encyc/aclinj/aclinj.html. Accessed November 15, 2012.
Skiing Injuries. American College of Sports Medicine website. Available at: http://www.acsm.org/docs/current-comments/skiinginjuries.pdf. Accessed November 15, 2012
Smith, CM. Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary/. Updated September 2010. Accessed November 11, 2010.
- Reviewer: Brian P. Randall, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/15/2012 -
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Copyright © EBSCO Publishing
All rights reserved.