Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)

An ACL injury is the tearing of the anterior ligament, or ACL, inside your knee joint. An ACL injury most commonly occurs during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction - such as basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Immediately after an ACL injury, your knee may swell, feel unstable and become too painful to bear weight. Many people hear a "pop" in their knee when an ACL injury occurs.


Total Knee Replacement

Knee replacement surgery - also known as knee arthroplasty - can help relieve pain and restore function in severely diseased knee joints. During knee replacement, a surgeon cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers.

You may be a candidate for knee replacement if: