Orthopedic Surgery Case Study
0:00:48.9 I’m Dr. Karen Sutton, an associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale Medicine.
Interviewer: Describe what ACL is and why it’s so important.
Karen: The anterior cruciate ligament, or the ACL, is a ligament that connects the bottom of the thigh bone, or the femur, with the upper part of the shin bone, or the tibia. The ACL helps to stabilize our knee in pivoting and shifting movements. Without the ACL, we would be stumbling all around and could not stabilize our knee.
Interviewer: What would you say are the most common ACL injuries?
Karen: The most common ACL injuries are usually a full rupture of the ACL. What that means, is it actually tears off the bone, and is, uh, formed into two sections.
Interviewer: Could you explain that again?
Karen: The most common injury of the anterior cruciate ligament, or the ACL, is a full rupture or a big tear of the ACL, that pulls off either the femur, or the thigh bone, or it can tear in the middle aspect of the ligament.
Interviewer: Talk about symptoms.
Karen: Symptoms of an ACL rupture include when …show more content…
Parents are always coming up to me asking me what they can do to prevent their daughter from have, having an ACL tear. Unfortunately, there’s not a simple answer to that. One thing I would tell people is it’s actually not the fact that they’re playing sports all the time that causes the ACL injury. It’s the fact that their muscles may not be ready for their sports. I usually advocate to parents, the athletes, the coaches, to really try to increase their strength and conditioning and that’ll build up to, that’ll build up support so that they don 't tear their