Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
The anterior cruciate ligament runs from the back of the femur (thigh bone) diagonally down to the front of the tibia (shin bone). Its role is to stop the tibia sliding forward away from the femur when a force is placed from below it. It is commonly caused by a twisting movement being placed through the knee whilst the foot is planted. It can also occur from a tackle.
- Instability and swelling
- Restricted range of movement especially in straightening the knee
- Pain felt can be very high – especially straight after the injury