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Cruciate ligament injury - anterior; ACL injury; Knee injury - anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
An ACL injury should be treated with:
Do NOT play again until you have been evaluated and treated.
Some people may need crutches to walk until the swelling and pain have improved. For mild injuries, your doctor may suggest physical therapy to help you regain joint motion and leg strength.
Your doctor may recommend surgery to rebuild the ACL. The old ligament cannot be fixed, so a new one needs to be constructed.
Anyone with a serious knee injury should seek medical attention for x-rays and evaluation.
If the foot is cool and blue after a knee injury, the knee may be dislocated, and blood vessels to the foot may be injured. This is a true medical emergency that requires immediate professional help.
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