ACL Injury Specialist

Pacific Regenerative & Interventional Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in San Jose, CA

Fewer things can put you on the sidelines of your own life faster than an ACL injury. Many San Jose, California, residents turn to Dr. Douglas Blatz at Pacific Regenerative & Interventional Sports Medicine for relief from a painful ACL injury. If you’ve sustained an injury and are experiencing severe knee pain, schedule your appointment right away. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to contact the PRISM office by phone to find a convenient time to come in.

ACL Injury

What is an ACL?

Your ACL is your anterior cruciate ligament. Ligaments are incredibly tough bands of connective tissue that hold bones together. Ligaments don’t have an ample blood supply, so they don’t heal well when torn or otherwise damaged.

Your ACL is one of the main ligaments that keep your knee joint stable and connects your femur (thighbone) to your tibia (shinbone). A sudden injury can cause a partial or complete ACL tear.

What are some common causes of ACL injuries?

Your ligaments are tough and can withstand a great deal of wear and tear. However, when sudden strain occurs, your ACL can tear or overextend. Sports and fitness pursuits are a common cause of ACL injuries, for example:

  • Sudden changes in direction
  • Sudden stopping or starting motion
  • Coming down hard from a jump
  • Traumatic injury to your knee joint
  • Pivoting while your foot remains firmly planted

Many athletes hear a loud “popping” noise when they sustain an ACL injury.

How are ACL injuries treated?

In the immediate aftermath of an injury, self-care can help with pain and swelling. Be sure to rest your knee for a few days. Use ice on the joint for 20-minute periods every couple of hours. Compression with an elastic bandage and keeping your knee elevated can also provide relief.

Once Dr. Blatz evaluates your knee, treatment options might include a period of physical therapy or wearing a special splint while your knee heals. In some cases, surgery is necessary to repair a significant ACL tear.

Anytime you sustain a significant knee injury it’s important to come in for a thorough diagnostic exam. Continuing to place weight on a damaged knee joint can cause additional repair, and lengthen the amount of time needed for your knee to heal. Schedule an appointment as quickly as possible to prevent further injury and a prolonged recovery time.