ACL Tear

What is an ACL Injury and how is it treated?

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What is an ACL Tear?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most important ligaments in the knee. It is responsible for connecting the femur (leg bone) to the tibia (shin bone). It also provides rotational stability.

An ACL injury is commonly injured or torn while playing sports that require running, jumping, and cutting movements and requires specialized treatment. The Fellowship Trained and Board Certified Knee Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates have the training, skills, and experience needed to treat patients with ACL injuries.

Patients who injure their knee and experience any of the following symptoms are advised to make an appointment with a Knee Specialist at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Instability when walking
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tenderness

Once the injury is diagnosed, an appropriate treatment plan is prescribed.


How is it treated?

Nonsurgical treatment options may effectively treat partial ACL tears. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications may be used to decrease pain and inflammation associated with the injury. Physical Therapy is also an important part of nonsurgical treatment as strengthening the knee as much as possible helps improve symptoms and decrease the risk of future injury. In many cases, specialists will recommend that patients wear a brace when participating in activities and sports.

Surgical treatment may be necessary to treat a complete ACL injury. The Knee Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedic Associates perform arthroscopic ACL reconstructions using advanced surgical techniques and equipment.  This procedure is performed by making a small incision into the knee joint and repairing the torn ligament using small surgical instruments and recreating a stable ligament.  Following surgery, Physical Therapy is used to expedite your recovery.

Should I Make An Appointment?

Patients who are experiencing knee pain or injury should not delay a diagnosis. Below are Olympia Orthopaedic Associates Knee Experts:

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Patients who make an appointment can look forward to symptom relief. Appointments may be made by requesting an appointment online or calling our office.

Recent Patient Testimonials

“Dr. Femiano and his staff are the best! They answer messages very promptly and have taken very good care of me. I feel Dr. Femiano especially takes his time to be very thorough, and listen to what I’ve had to say as well. Thank you Dr Femiano.”
Chantal N.

Treated by: Dominick Femiano, MD

“I ruptured the ACL in my right knee in April 2016; this occurred on a Saturday, while away from home. On Monday, I contacted Olympia Orthopaedic Associates and was seen the next morning by Dr. Snow. He diagnosed the injury and ordered an MRI. I do not hesitate to recommend Olympia Orthopaedic Associates!”
David E.

Treated by: Stephen Snow, MD

“My surgery on my knee went very well and am back playing soccer already! My experience with everyone was great!”
Ronald H.

Treated by: Jerome Zechmann, MD


Are You Ready To Take The Next Steps?

We encourage you to contact our care coordinators or make an appointment with one of our Board-Certified & Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Specialists at Olympia Orthopaedics.

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