• ACL and Meniscus Injury

  • ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament and is located in the knee. An ACL injury is when this ligament becomes damaged or torn due to an accident or injury that involved sudden starts, stops, and impacts to the knee. There are several treatment options for an injured ACL including non-surgical and surgical options.

     

    With ACL and meniscus injuries it is common to experience:
    • Pain
    • Swelling and instability
    • Inability to fully straighten or completely bend the knee.
    The common signs and symptoms of meniscus injuries are:
    • Pain
    • Stiffness
    • swelling
    • Feeling like the knee is “giving way” or locking up during movement
    • Being unable to move the knee

    Your meniscus is essentially cartilage padding between the thigh bone and shin bone and acts as a shock absorber during activity. Injuries to the meniscus are common, especially in athletics as the leg is susceptible to increased jolts, bending, and quick movements or hits.

    Without treatment, a piece of meniscus may come loose and drift into the joint. This can cause your knee to slip, pop, or lock.

    If your knee pain is relatively recent or if you think it may be due to an injury, your pain may clear up through the following actions:
    • Rest the leg and knee associated with the pain and/or injury
    • Treat the area with a cold pack – use for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not freeze the skin.
    • Avoid heat – this is will cause increased swelling and pain
    • Avoid athletic participation or any other activity that may cause further strain or injury
    • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to treat the immediate pain

    If you choose to treat your knee pain or injury at home, you must be sure you do not re-injury or cause further damage to the knee. However, other times the injury is too great and will need to be examined by an orthopedic surgeon. If conservative non-surgical therapies do not help, surgical options are available and should be discussed.

    Learn more about ACL and meniscus injuries.

    Contact COAST Orthopedics today. Dr. Jeffrey Colbert can evaluate and help plan effective treatment for occasional or chronic pain. If pain is a persistent or long-lasting problem in your everyday life, you shouldn’t wait a minute longer. Call today 310-421-2111.