If you know what knee injuries to the ACL means, you will probably already have suffered an injury of this kind. ACL stands for the anterior cruciate ligament, which has an important role to play in the stability and movement of the knee. While some ligaments can repair themselves, this doesn’t apply to the ACL. It runs through the knee rather than being attached to the outside of it, and it helps with stability and strength. In some cases, people end up having surgery if they have torn their anterior cruciate ligament – not always, but sometimes it is the best option.
While you can sustain this kind of injury when playing certain sports, it may also potentially occur if you fall and land on your feet and twist your knee in the process. It might also occur if you are involved in a collision.
How do you know if you have torn this ligament?
Sometimes you may only stretch it, i.e. suffer a sprain. This is easier to heal but your knee will still feel unstable and painful. If you tear it, this will make your knee feel very unstable and you may not be comfortable putting any weight on it at all.
Clearly, if you suspect you have suffered this injury, you must seek medical care as soon as possible. If your injury is bad enough that you might later have surgery, getting a clear diagnosis as quickly as possible will ensure you get the best advice and support on what to do next.
Do you need advice about claiming compensation for knee injuries to the ACL?
As you now know, knee injuries to the ACL can be very painful and they can result in ongoing problems and weakness in the affected knee. If you suffered this injury because a third party didn’t take enough care and caused you to suffer an accident, you have a chance to claim something.
To find out what you might potentially claim, call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and speak to someone at Accident Advice Helpline now. When you call, you can discuss your specific case details with a professional and friendly advisor, who can let you know whether one of our expert lawyers might take your case. With experience in numerous personal injury cases, you’re in good hands with us.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen