I am very sorry to hear about your torn ACL. A torn ACL can be very painful and typically takes surgery to heal. If you have injured your ACL because of someone else’s negligent act, you should speak with an attorney about your legal options.
The ACL is one of two ligaments that connect the thigh and the shin bones. They support the knee joint by holding the bones together, and they help stabilize movement. If an ACL is torn, stability is lost and treatment is needed.
There are several movements that can cause enough stress to tear the ACL. An ACL can be torn in an impact from a collision, landing the wrong way after jumping, and sudden stops or suddenly changing directions. In some cases, ACLs are partially torn, but in most cases they are completely torn. When an ACL tears there is usually a popping sound, followed by pain, loss of stability, and swelling.
To repair a torn ACL, normally surgery has to be done, although in some cases patients opt for therapy only instead of surgery. The ligament normally must be reconstructed, since a torn ACL cannot be sutured back together. After surgery, physical therapy is needed, along with crutches and a knee brace. It often takes four to six months to recover the full use of the knee.If you have torn your ACL in an accident that was caused by another individual, you should speak with an attorney. ACL tears are very painful and take a long time to heal, which can result in a large recovery. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case, or visit us on Twitter to learn more.