“In 2005 I began performing the all-arthroscopic ACL Reconstruction which restores normal anatomy without drilling tunnels in the bones.” Dr. Goradia
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
The anterior cruciate ligament is the most important of the four main knee ligaments in keeping your leg stable when you twist your body. It connects the thighbone (femur) to the largest shinbone (tibia) at the center of your knee.
Without the anterior cruciate ligament, your knee would wobble and move around when you twist your body.
Often when the anterior cruciate ligament tears, you will have damage to other ligaments – most often the medial collateral ligament, or the cartilage of the knee.
What is the Anterolateral Ligament (ALL)?
When the ACL tears it is common for other knee ligaments to become injured at the same time. Although some of these injuries can be seen on an MRI, a careful examination by a surgeon is key to making the correct diagnosis.
If injury to these other ligaments is missed, it could lead to failure of your ACL surgery.
Dr. Goradia regularly teaches ACL surgery to other surgeons and has received several national awards for his research on ACL Tears.
What Are ACL Tear Symptoms?
At the time of an ACL injury, signs and symptoms may include:
- A loud “pop” sound
- Severe pain and inability to continue activity
- Knee swelling that usually worsens for hours after the injury occurs
- A feeling of instability or giving out
How Is An ACL Tear Diagnosed?
Most ACL injuries may be diagnosed through a careful history emphasizing mechanism of injury coupled with a good physical examination.
Investigations, such as an X-ray and MRI scan, may be required to confirm diagnosis and determine the extent of damage or involvement of other structures within the knee.
However, the best way to see a partial tear is arthroscopy. Dr. Goradia is an knee expert specializing in arthroscopic surgery for ACL and other injuries.
ACL Tear Treatment
A torn ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is usually treated by one or a combination of the following:
- Arthroscopic reconstruction
- Physical therapy and strengthening
- Surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament
Most patients need ACL surgery to restore full knee function allowing them to safely resume all activities.
Without surgery, most active patients will experience continued episodes of their knee giving-way. Each time the knee gives out, further damage can occur to meniscus and cartilage. Ultimately if these structures wear down, then arthritis will develop.
G2 Patient Testimonials
Katie Duncan, Student Athlete
“I tore my ACL during a high school All-Star Soccer game. After 2 months of conditioning at college, my knee was giving out and causing a lot of pain.
A friend recommended Dr. Goradia. I was able to get an appointment quickly and an MRI the very same day I saw him. Six months after ACL surgery I was back to playing soccer!”
Why G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine?
Whether working with recreational athletes, injured workers, or others, Dr. Goradia provides each patient with the same quality of care given to professional athletes.
Dr. Goradia is a leading knee and shoulder specialist and one of the first U.S. orthopedic surgeons to be certified in sports medicine as a subspecialty.
When you come to Dr. Goradia you don’t get shuffled among various doctors or PA’s. You are personally treated by Dr. Goradia whose expertise and orthopedic success is extensive. Our comfortable office is located in Glen Allen, convenient to Henrico, Short Pump, Hanover and more.