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ACL Tears

What are ACL tears?

ACL tears refer to the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. This ligament plays a large role in stabilising the knee joint, particularly in activity requiring sudden stopping or changes in direction. Generally, an ACL tear is associated with a sports injury and are very common in both contact and non-contact sports.



  • Swelling

  • Feelings of instability

  • Bruising

  • A sudden popping sound

  • Difficulty straightening or bending the knee

Treatment options

ACL tears can be managed conservatively without surgery or through a surgical procedure. Guidance from both physiotherapy and surgeons can help you make a decision about how you would like to manage your ACL injury. Regardless of surgical or conservative management, a significant period of rehabilitation is recommended to restore function in the knee and most certainly required for a successful return to sport.

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