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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
is located in the middle of the knee, to prevent the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone. An ACL injury typically occurs from a hard hit on the side of the knee, overextension of the knee joint or quickly stopping movement and changing direction while running, landing from a jump or turning.
Patients usually know that they have torn the ligament if there is a "popping" sound at the time of the injury, the knee swells and there is a lot of pain, especially when weight is placed on it. A torn ACL can be found with an MRI of the knee.
Because an ACL injury most often occurs during sports, proper equipment and stretching is very important.
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