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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

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Barry, Peter F., DO, FACOI Internal Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Beams, Michael E., DO, FACMQ Family Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Black, Eric M., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield
Bullek, David D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Cappadona, Joseph, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Gold, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kavanagh, Mark L., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 6 Brighton Road, Clifton
61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Mirsky, Eric C., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights

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Nordstrom, Thomas J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Thrower, Albert B., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

key facts about acl tear

  • Click to enlarge An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury can be caused by a sudden activity that twists or tears a ligament, such as a forced twisting motion of your knee, a fall, or a sudden impact during football, basketball, or soccer. 
  • You may experience a loud, painful pop at the time of the injury resulting in pain, swelling, or difficulty in bending/straightening your knee, or feeling like your knee is loose or unstable.

what is ACL tear?

The ACL connects your thighbone to your shinbone. The ACL, along with other ligaments, keeps your knee and leg bones in place when you walk or run. When a ligament is injured, it can be stretched, partially torn, or completely torn. Complete tears make the knee joint very loose and unstable.

A ligament injury is also called a sprain.

how is ACL tear diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group knee specialist will examine the knee and ligaments to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the damage. Other tests may include blood tests, or joint aspiration, which uses a needle to take fluid from a joint for testing. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. We are able to respond to urgent needs during our Sports Injury Hours or at our Urgent Care Centers.

  • You will need to change or stop doing the activities that cause pain until the ligament has healed.
  • If you have swelling in your joint, your healthcare team may need to remove fluid from your knee with a needle and syringe.
  • Your care team may wrap an elastic bandage around your knee to keep the swelling from getting worse. You may need to keep your knee in a knee immobilizer and use crutches to protect your knee while you heal.
  • For complete tears, you and your healthcare team will decide if you should have intense rehabilitation therapy or if you should have surgery followed by rehab. A torn ACL cannot be sewn back together. The ligament must be surgically reconstructed by taking ligaments or tendons from another part of your leg and connecting them to the thighbone and shinbone.

If you have a completely torn ACL and it is not repaired with surgery, the effects will be life-long. Your knee may feel loose and feel like it will give way when you are running and making quick turns. Rehabilitation exercises and a special brace will help improve these symptoms. If you can do your normal activities without pain and are willing to give up activities that put extra stress on your knee, you may not need surgery.

You may consider having reconstructive ACL surgery if:

  • Your knee is unstable and gives out during routine or athletic activity.
  • You are a competitive athlete and your knee could be unstable and give out during your sport (for example, basketball, football, or soccer).
  • You are not willing to give up sports that involve pivoting and cutting, like soccer and basketball.
  • You want to prevent further injury to your knee. An unstable knee may lead to more injuries and arthritis.

how can i manage acl tear?

  • Follow your healthcare team's instructions, including any recommended physical therapy or exercises
  • To keep swelling down and help relieve pain for the first few days after the injury:
    • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the injured area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time.
    • Keep your knee up on a pillow when you sit or lie down.
    • Take nonprescription pain medicine, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, you should not take this medicine for more than 10 days.

Source: Content is adapted from our Live Well Library, developed by RelayHealth. Copyright ©2014 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

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