Milan M. DiGiulio, M.D.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament ACL Reconstruction

ACL Prevention

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the major stabilizing ligaments in the knee. It is a strong rope like structure located in the center of the knee running from the femur to the tibia. When this ligament tears unfortunately, it does not heal and often leads to the feeling of instability in the knee.

ACL reconstruction is a commonly performed surgical procedure and with recent advances in arthroscopic surgery can now be performed with minimal incision and low complication rates.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries are common and devastating knee injuries that occur in athletes. High risk sports include basketball, gymnastics, soccer, football, field hockey, lacrosse. In particular adolescent females are at higher risk for ACL injures, with injuries occurring up to 8 times more frequently than males.

Once an ACL injury occurs, there may be irreversible damage to the knee. Despite modern surgical and rehabilitation techniques, many athletes do not recover fully and have lifelong knee problems.

For these reasons, prevention is key. Numerous research studies have shown a significant reduction in ACL injuries with a training prevention program.