Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries (cont.)
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What Increases Your Risk
Things that increase your risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries include:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if you have an injury to your knee and:
Call your doctor today if:
Before your appointment, don't put weight on the injured knee. Use crutches if you need to. Apply ice and wrap your knee in an elastic bandage or neoprene (synthetic rubber) sleeve. Rest and elevate the knee. Take a nonprescription anti-inflammatory drug to reduce swelling. For more information on first aid steps, see Home Treatment.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting is not appropriate if knee pain is severe; if your knee is deformed, swells, or has limited movement immediately after an injury; or if you are unable to bear any weight because of either pain or instability.
Serious knee injuries need to be checked for possible broken bones as well as ligament or cartilage damage. Whenever immediate swelling follows an injury, there also may be torn blood vessels or damaged nerves in the knee. Your doctor will check your knee to make sure the blood supply to your leg is normal and the nerves are intact.
If you have occasional pain in your knee or your knee sometimes gives way or buckles, have your doctor check it. If you have damaged your ACL, it is important to get treatment so that your knee is appropriately managed. This may reduce the chance that you will get osteoarthritis in your knee.
Who To See
Knee problems can be diagnosed by:
If surgery is considered, you may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon (possibly a sports medicine specialist) who is experienced in knee surgery.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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