ACL Reconstruction


The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is located toward the front of the knee and is the ligament of the knee that controls rotation and forward movement of the tibia (shin bone).

It is one of the most common ligaments to be injured. The ACL is often stretched and/or torn during a sudden twisting motion (when the feet stay planted one way, but the knees turn the other way).

Skiing, basketball, and football are sports that have a higher risk of ACL injuries.

Diagnostic procedures may include the following:

  • x-ray, MRI, CT scan 
  • arthroscopy
  • radionuclide bone scan


Often, a cruciate ligament injury does not cause pain. Instead, the person may hear a popping sound as the injury occurs, followed by the leg buckling when trying to stand on it, and swelling.


Treatments include:

  • medication such as ibuprofen
  • muscle-strengthening exercises
  • protective knee brace (for use during exercise)
  • ice pack application (to reduce swelling)
  • surgery

After Surgery/Recovery

Physical Therapy is a critical part of complete recovery. Our doctors recommend DMC's Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, with 30 convenient locations across southeastern Michigan. To find one near you, click here.


Expert Knee Physicians

Non-Operative Sports Medicine Specialists 
Britta Anderson, DO (Offices in Warren, Detroit, Plymouth, & Farmington Hills)
Tariq Awan, DO (Offices in Warren, Detroit, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)
Sadiq Haque, DO (Offices in Detroit, Novi, Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)

Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeons
Stephen Lemos, M.D. Ph.D. (Offices in Warren, Farmington Hills & Dearborn)
Todd Frush, M.D. (Offices in Plymouth)
Henry Goitz, M.D. (Office in Warren)
Gary Gilyard, M.D. (Office in Warren)
Robert Kohen, M.D. (Office Detroit, Warren & Farmington Hills)
Douglas Plagens, M.D. (Office in Warren)
Jeffery Michaelson, M.D. (Office in Warren)


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