The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of four ligaments that are tasked with keeping your knee joint stable. The ACL is located underneath the kneecap and prevents excessive motion of the joint.
Common Ways to Injure Your ACL
ACL tears are a common sports injury but can occur in other circumstances like car accidents, rough play falls, and work injuries. ACL tears are most commonly caused by pivoting or landing awkwardly from a jump.
Signs and Symptoms of an ACL Injury
When your ACL tears, you will feel a popping sensation, and your knee will feel wobbly or give out. The initial injury is followed by swelling and pain.
Diagnosing an ACL Tear
When you first suspect an ACL tear, your doctor will first perform a visual examination of your knee. They may also perform tests that involve putting stress on the ACL. Often, a doctor will order an MRI to get an idea of the extent of the damage. An MRI uses magnetic waves to create an accurate picture of structures within your knee, including your ligaments.
When you need an MRI for your knee, visit Woodbridge Radiology for an open MRI. We offer advanced imaging in New Jersey and can perform a wide variety of scans to suit your medical needs.