Torn ACL – Frisco & Plano TX
Dr Adam Kouyoumjian - a leading Orthopedic Surgeon in Frisco and Plano TX provides comprehensive and effective treatment for Torn ACL. Dr Kouyoumjian is a board-certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon with expertise in sports medicine and arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and ankle. He also performs minimally invasive total joint replacement procedures in Frisco & Plano TX.

Torn ACL

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries occur when the knee is twisted, overstretched or straightened beyond its normal limits. According to the orthopedic doctor, athletes who play sports like soccer, volleyball, tennis and basketball (which involve sudden stops and changes in direction) are more likely to injure their anterior cruciate ligaments.

What are the causes of Torn ACL?

As mentioned above, changing direction quickly and stopping suddenly are the most common causes of Torn ACL. Other risk factors include:

  • Landing incorrectly from a jump (with the legs straight or twisted)
  • Falling off a ladder, jumping from a moderate or extreme height or stepping into a hole can also damage/tear the anterior cruciate ligaments.
  • Inactive people and older adults (over 40 years of age) with weak leg muscles are also more prone to ACL injuries.

What are the symptoms of Torn ACL?

Dr Kouyoumjian explains that the symptoms of Torn ACL depend on the severity of the damage. Common symptoms may include:

  • Severe pain and swelling in the knee.
  • Tenderness along the knee joint line.
  • Difficulty while walking or standing (bearing the body weight).
  • A loud "pop" sound at the time of the injury.

How can orthopedic surgeon in Frisco TX treat Torn ACL?

  • RICE: The initial orthopedic treatment aims at eliminating/minimizing the pain and swelling in the affected knee along with strengthening the muscles around the knee. This is done by applying RICE treatment (rest, ice application, using compression bandage and elevating your injured limb).
  • Orthopedic Crutches & Braces:  You may be advised to use orthopedic crutches and braces to avoid stress on your injured knee.
  • ACL Reconstructive Surgery: If you are an athlete, the doctor may advice you stop participating in high intensity sports for a certain period of time. However, you may also be recommended ACL reconstructive surgery to replace your torn ACL.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy greatly helps you regain your knee joint range of motion and improve strength of your muscles around the injured knee. The treatment options under physical therapy include application of ice or hot pack (to treat swelling in the knee), gentle range of motion exercises, strengthening exercise and gait (walking) training.

ACL Injury Prevention Tips - Orthopedic Surgeon Torn ACL Frisco

  • Perform warm up and stretching exercises before participating in athletic activities.
  • Keep the muscles around the knees strong through carious muscle-strengthening exercises.
  • Never push yourself too hard or too fast in your training programs. Increase your intensity gradually.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable and supportive shoes suiting your feet size. This greatly reduces the risk of knee injuries.

To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Plano, call at (972) 985 – 1072 and for an appointment in Frisco, call at (214) 618 – 5502.