Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries (cont.)
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The best way to prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries is to stretch and strengthen the leg muscles, especially the front and back muscles of the thigh (quadriceps and hamstrings).
You may help prevent ACL injuries if you:
If you have already had an ACL injury, you can avoid another one by:
Programs to prevent ACL injuries are available. These programs generally emphasize injury awareness, avoidance techniques, and stretching, strengthening, and jumping exercises to help reduce ACL injuries.
Tips to prevent ACL injuries include practicing landing with the knees bent after jumps and crouching when pivoting and turning.
If you have an acute (sudden) anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, use the following first aid steps to reduce pain and swelling:
After diagnosis of an ACL injury, your doctor may suggest exercises that help strengthen your leg and increase your range of motion. They may be the start of your nonsurgical treatment program or be used to help prepare your knee for surgery. For more information, see the topic:
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