An anterior cruciate ligament injury is the over-stretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee. A tear may be partial or complete.

Four main ligaments connect these two bones:

Women are more likely to have an ACL tear than men. The decision to have knee surgery will depend on the extent of damage to your ACL and whether it's affecting your quality of life. If your knee doesn't feel unstable and you don't have an active lifestyle, you may decide not to have ACL surgery. However, it's important to be aware that delaying surgery could cause further damage to your knee.


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