Howard Anthony Rose, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine located in Manhasset, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY
Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of your main knee ligaments. When this ligament is torn or otherwise injured, you can suffer serious pain and knee instability. At Howard Anthony Rose MD PC in Manhasset, New York, and Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Dr. Rose offers effective treatments for all kinds of knee issues, including ACL reconstruction. Book your appointment online or by phone now.
ACL Reconstruction Q & A
What is the ACL?
The ACL is one of the primary knee ligaments. While it’s a strong ligament, it’s also easily injured with certain movements. Most ACL injuries happen to athletes or sports enthusiasts whose activities require jumping regularly or changing direction frequently.
What are the symptoms of an ACL injury?
If you have an ACL injury, you’ll likely experience symptoms right away. You may have several of these symptoms at once.
- A popping noise, or popping feeling in your knee
- Knee pain
- Inability to bear weight
- Significant knee swelling
- Inability to move your leg freely
Even if you’re able to bear weight, your knee usually feels unstable when you do so with an ACL injury.
If you have any of the symptoms above, it’s important to see Dr. Rose for prompt diagnosis and treatment. ACL tears don’t resolve unless they’re treated properly.
How do I know if I need ACL reconstruction?
Treatment may include a variety of different components, including rest, immobilization, and physical therapy. Sometimes, regenerative medicine treatments like stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma therapy might help you repair your damaged ligament without surgery.
However, anyone who has returned to their normal activities following an ACL tear may notice knee instability, even after conservative treatments. Those looking to return to competitive sports or other active activities will need surgery in order to return to their normal level of activity. Surgery also ensures patients can avoid future injury.
Typically, it isn’t possible to surgically repair or reattach a torn ACL. Instead, ACL reconstruction is needed to rebuild the ACL completely. For ACL reconstruction, a new ACL is made from a graft of replacement tissue from either a portion of the patient’s own hamstring or tissue from an organ donor. The surgery is performed with minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. In most cases, it takes 6-9 months for patients to return to their sports and fitness activities after completing a rehabilitation process.
If you need ACL reconstruction surgery, it’s very important to understand that rehabilitation and physical therapy comprise an integral part of your recovery process. The surgical repair restores your knee to its proper form, but to regain full function, you’ve got to follow Dr. Rose’s recovery plan. Your recovery takes some time, but it’s well worth the wait.
Use online scheduling or call Howard Anthony Rose MD PC to book your appointment now.