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About ACL Tear

A tear in the anterior cruciate ligament is known as ACL tear. It is one of the major ligaments in the knee. Athletes and women who wear high heels for long hours are likely to suffer from an ACL tear often. ACL tear is commonly witnessed in players related to soccer, football, cricket, basketball etc where sudden jumping, landing and other such body movements are required. The surgery to reconstruct a torn or injured ACL is known as ACL Reconstruction.



ACL Reconstruction Recovery

Surgery healing takes 4 to 8 weeks.

Full recovery usually takes 4 to 9 months

Swelling after ACL Reconstruction

Swelling typically persists for 4 to 6 weeks.

Elevate your leg and apply ice packs to the knee, for 20-30 minutes every 2 hours.

Most common choices of graft for ACL reconstruction

Patellar tendon autograft

Patellar tendon allograft

Hamstring autograft

Quadriceps tendon autograft

Return to sports after ACL Reconstruction

Athletes can return to pivoting sports after 4 to 8 weeks

Athletes can return to regular sports after about 8 months. Make sure to take your orthopedic surgeon’s approval before returning to sports.


  • Landing awkwardly from a jump
  • Suddenly slowing down and changing direction
  • Stopping suddenly
  • Receiving a direct blow to the knee or collision, such as a football tackle


  • Rapid swelling
  • Severe pain and inability to continue activity
  • A loud 'pop' or a 'popping' sensation in the knee
  • Loss of range of motion
  • A feeling of instability or 'giving way' with weight bearing


Physical examination for ACL-tear


During the physical examination, the doctor will check the swelling in the knee. The doctor may also ask you to change positions of the knee to check if the knee is functioning properly. The diagnosis, in most cases, can be done on the basis of the physical test alone, but if the injury looks severe, the doctor may ask you to take a few more tests such as – X-rays and MRI.


The surgery to repair a torn ACL is known as ACL Reconstruction. During the process, the surgeon operates and removes the injured ligament and replaces it with a segment of tendon tissue. The tendon tissue works similar to that of a ligament that connects the muscle to bone.

The surgeon will use a piece of tendon from another part of the knee or a tendon from a deceased donor. After the surgery, the patient can resume a rehabilitative therapy course for recovery.

For recovery, you can do the following selfcare at home:

  • Icing
  • Proper rest
  • Use compression
  • Keep your knee in elevated position

In our Doctor’s Words

Dr. Ashish Taneja

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics

17 Years Experience Overall

In our Doctor’s Words

ACL tear is one of the common orthopedic conditions among teenagers and sports player. And yet a common fear I encounter is, If I will be able to play sports again?. Well yes, you absolutely will. All my patients have. The only four pointers are- 1.) Early diagnosis, 2.)Timely treatment, 3.) A little rest, 4.)Basic physiotherapy. Once all four are met, you will be absolutely fine and fit to return to sports again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Knee Arthroscopy?

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What happens if an ACL injury is not treated?

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What should I do if my ACL is injured or torn?

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Will my knee joint function normally after an ACL reconstruction surgery?

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What is the ACL?

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What does the anterior cruciate ligament do?

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How would I know that I have torn my anterior cruciate ligament? 

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Why do I need ACL reconstruction surgery? 

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Can I delay my ACL Reconstruction surgery?

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How long does the ACL Reconstruction surgery take?

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 What happens after an ACL reconstruction surgery?

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For how long would I need to use crutches after an ACL reconstruction surgery?

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How to treat medial collateral ligament or MCL injury?

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What is meniscal repair?

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Can ligament injury heal itself?

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What are the 4 major ligaments in the knee?

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What to do in ligament injury?

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What is the treatment for complete tear of anterior cruciate ligament?

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Is knee cap for ligament injury effective?

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What is ligament repair?

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What to do in case of a ligament injury at home?

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Can an ACL tear heal on its own?

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Are braces for MCL tears useful?

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Can you walk with a complete acl tear?

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When can I go swimming after ACL reconstruction?

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What is the treatment for high grade anterior cruciate ligament tear?

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What will happen after your ACL reconstruction?

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Experiencing knee pain and instability after an ACL injury? You should undergo less invasive and successful ACL Reconstruction Surgery In Pune

Tears in the anterior cruciate ligament because of an injury of the knee joint is one of the most common types of injuries of the knee. ACL or the anterior cruciate ligament is one of the major ligaments of the knee joint and is responsible for the stability of the joint. If an injury is sustained, the ligament does not heal by itself. This implies that in case of ACL tear or injury, an orthopedic must be consulted to immediately know about treatment options.

If the injury sustained by the ACL is of Grade 1, it can be treated with non-surgical methods effectively. But if Grade 2 or Grade 3 injuries are sustained, your doctor may suggest ACL Reconstruction Surgery in Pune. With its certified, trained and experienced team of surgeons and a compassionate and caring environment, Pristyn Care is one of the best choices for undergoing ACL Reconstruction Surgery. The surgeons at Pristyn Care use the latest technologies and high-end equipment for your reconstruction surgery, and the follow-up appointments and rehabilitation program will ensure that you are on the right track of recovery.

How is an ACL tear treated?

A severe injury to the knee can result in an ACL tear. You would need a proper diagnosis after scans and physical examination to ensure that your injury is an ACL tear. Once a proper diagnosis is made, a comprehensive treatment plan can be drawn based on the following factors.

  • The severity and extent of the injury
  • Age and skeletal development of the patient.
  • Type of lifestyle and activity routine of the patient.

The grading of ACL injuries is based on the extent of damage to the anterior cruciate ligament. The injuries are divided into three categories as follows.

  • Grade 1: A light stretch in the ligament with mild damage is a Grade 1 injury. No instability of the knee is caused.
  • Grade 2: Grade 2 injuries involve a strong stretch in the ACL which can make it lose. This is known as a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and causes pain, inflammation, and instability.
  • Grade 3: A complete ligament tear occurs due to overstretching of the joint. The ligament splits into two and makes the knee joint highly unstable, inflamed, and immobile.

If the ACL tear is mild and is caused by just a light stretch of the knee, surgical treatments will probably not be required. Nonsurgical treatment alternatives like the following can prove to be effective.

  • Limiting and modifying activities.
  • Using a brace, cast, or splint.
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy programs.

However, in case of Grade 2 or Grade 3 injuries, an ACL Reconstruction surgery can be suggested by your orthopedic. The surgery aims to restructure the torn ligament by using a piece of tendon from another part of the knee, or a donor.

Benefits of undergoing arthroscopic ACL tear surgery

The expert team of orthopedic surgeons at Pristyn Care uses advanced techniques and equipment to reconstruct the ACL with a minimally invasive method. There are several benefits of ACL reconstruction surgery as compared to traditional open surgery. Some of them are listed as follows.

  • Quicker recovery
  • Significantly less pain after surgery
  • Lesser and smaller incisions
  • Lower risk of infections

Post-surgery, our orthopedic surgeons will draw up a customised and comprehensive rehabilitation program and provide you with a schedule of follow-up appointments so that your recovery can be monitored.

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