A Tale of Two Moments: Varying Experiences With Torn ACL Symptoms
With between 70,000 and 80,000 incidents reported annually in the U.S., it’s no wonder anterior cruciate ligament injuries have become one of the most recognizable - and most dreaded - knee injuries. Though they do often occur in the context of impact sports, a tear to the ACL can happen to anyone during a variety of different movements, including pivoting, sudden stopping or twisting, and jumping.
Torn ACL symptoms can look similar to other knee ligament injuries and, in fact, sometimes occur in conjunction with associated injuries within the knee joint (for example, a torn meniscus). While a quick pivoting motion during a high-intensity sport such as soccer, basketball or football is a more common setting for this type of injury, ACL tears can occur during simple, non-athletic activity as well.