Doctor for ACL Tears in Westchester County

ACL tear / torn ACL injury

What is an ACL tear?

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main ligaments in your knee that helps you to remain balanced, walk, and move freely in your day-to-day activities. The ACL provides rotation control so you can quickly change directions when walking or running and gives the knee overall protection and stability. This ligament is an important part of the knee and is also one of the most commonly injured portions of the knee. When the ACL tears, it often requires surgery to repair, as well as physical therapy and adequate time off from sports and other activities that place stress on the knee joint.


Normal ACL vs. Torn ACL

Normal ACL Torn ACL


What causes an ACL tear?

ACL tears are most common among athletes, but this type of injury can happen to anyone. They most often are the result of one of the following:

  • Suddenly changing direction, especially when running
  • Suddenly twisting the leg and/or knee
  • Falling down and landing on the knee

What are the symptoms of an ACL tear?

ACL injuries are quite painful and you’ll likely know you’ve suffered from an ACL injury right after it occurs. Visit Specialty Orthopaedics if you experience any of the following common ACL injury symptoms:

  • Knee pain
  • Knee swelling
  • A “pop” sound or feeling in the knee at the time of the injury

How is an ACL tear diagnosed?

ACL tear diagnosisOur doctors have fellowship training to address injuries like ACL tears, so you can feel confident we will make an accurate diagnosis and provide you with access to the best treatment options. When you visit one of our doctors for an evaluation, we go over any relevant medical issues that you’ve had in the past and discuss your current symptoms with you. Then, we’ll fully examine your affected knee, using x-rays, MRI scans, and CAT scans whenever necessary to locate and evaluate the injury.

How is an ACL tear treated?

ACL injuries are problematic for many because they will not heal well on their own unless they are only partially torn, which is not common. Instead, most ACL injuries require surgery to fix. This is particularly the case if the patient is an athlete or leads an active lifestyle. Our surgeons have access to the most innovative knee surgery technologies, so we can give you the best possible outcome with the shortest recovery time. In most cases, we’ll recommend ACL repair / ACL reconstruction in addition to a personalized, post-surgery recovery plan that helps you get back to your active life as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an ACL tear, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of orthopedic specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.

Dr. Yasmin Dhar

Dr. Yasmin Dhar

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery Specialist

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