ACL Tear Specialist and Arthroscopic Knee Surgeon in Brooklyn, NY
An ACL tear is one of the most common knee injuries Dr. Benedict Nwachukwu diagnoses in his office, treating patients in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Nwachukwu is a board-certified knee surgeon and has extensive training and experience treating ACL tears. Athletes involved in physically demanding sports such as basketball, Lacrosse, CrossFit, football and soccer are prone to injuring the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This injury can occur when athletes stop quickly, change direction (cutting) or from landing incorrectly from a jump. ACL tears in individuals age 18 to 45 typically requires surgery to restore stability strength and mobility to the knee. Injured athletes can put their trust in Dr. Nwachukwu to help them return to the sport they love following a torn ACL.
What is an ACL Tear?
The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, runs diagonally in the front (called anterior) central portion inside the knee joint. The ACL is responsible for preventing the tibia (shin bone) from sliding out in front of the femur (thigh bone). The ACL also plays a critical role in stabilizing the knee during rotation. An ACL tear can occur when too much pressure is placed on the ligament. This often occurs from a sudden stop or slowing down while running. A quick change in direction while the foot is planted or landing incorrectly from a jump can over-tax the ACL and cause it to fray or tear. A hard blow to the knee, as seen in a football tackle can also cause the ACL to tear.
Do females in Brooklyn, NY have more ACL tears than men?
Studies within the orthopedic field have shown that female athletes have a higher rate of ACL tears than their male counterparts when participating in the same sport. There are different reasons this may occur, but it is primarily believed to be caused by a difference in muscle strength, neuromuscular control and physical conditioning. Dr. Nwachukwu can help female athletes in Brooklyn who have torn their ACL and he understands their need to get back “in the game” at a pre-injury level. His post-operative protocols have helped female athletes stay strong and avoid re-injury to their ACL.
Does my ACL Tear need surgery?
The majority of individuals in Brooklyn, NY who have torn their ACL require surgery to restore the stability of the knee. A complete or near complete tear means the anterior cruciate ligament has been severed or torn from the attachment site on the bones and the joint has become unstable. Although ACL tears are common, the surgery required to repair or reconstruct the ACL should be carefully considered. It is very important to seek a specialist with extensive experience in repairing a torn ACL like Dr. Nwachukwu. He has been specially trained and is excellent at getting patients back to the games they love.