ACL or the anterior cruciate ligament is a ligament found in the knee. Its functions are important since it is an internal stabilizer of the knee joint and prevent the knee from hyperextension. Additionally, it also aids in restraining tibial rotation and varus stress.
Anatomy of the Knee
The structure of the knee joint is composed of the ends of the femur, the tibia, and the patella. The ACL forms one of the four ligaments in the knee. These ligaments connect the femur to the tibia.
The ligaments are:
- The MCL or medial collateral ligament
- The LCL or Lateral collateral ligament
- The ACL or Anterior cruciate ligament
- The PCL or Posterior cruciate ligament
The ACL runs crosswise in the middle of the knee. It prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur. In addition, it also provides stability to the rotational movement of the knee.
A torn ACL or an ACL injury is one of the most common injured knee ligaments that usually happen to athletes and more common to women. When a tear occurs on your ACL, you may hear a pop. You will then notice that your knees have become unstable and will feel pain. Additional symptoms will be swelling in the next couple of days.
There are two types of treatment for a torn ACL; it is a surgical and nonsurgical process. The nonsurgical treatment involves pain and symptom management with medications and progressive physical therapy while the surgical treatment involves operation but only to torn ACL with another injury on the knee.
If you think you are suffering from Torn ACL you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Torn ACL as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).