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What is an ACL?

The anterior cruciate ligament, also called the ACL, is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. Ligaments are strong, dense connective tissue that stabilizes a joint. They connect bone to bone across the joint. The function of the ACL is to provide stability to the knee and minimize stress across the knee joint: It restrains excessive forward movement of the lower leg bone (the tibia) in relation to the thigh bone (the femur). It also limits rotational movements of the knee.

A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) results from overstretching of this ligament when certain movements of the knee put too great a strain on the ACL.

If you have a knee injury, Physical Therapy may be the solution. Speak with your doctor to see if P.T. is right for you. You may be able to resolve your knee pain through strategic exercise prescription and the understanding of your condition.

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