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Mar 26, 2013

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears

The ACL is the most important ligament providing stability to the knee. The ACL originates at the back of the knee on the femur (thigh bone) and inserts into the front of the tibia (shin bone). Its main function is to prevent forward translation of the tibia whilst also providing rotational stability to the knee.

The ACL can be torn in several different ways. Landing from a jump, when a twisting force is applied to the knee whilst the foot is planted to the ground or when the knee is forced into hyperextension.

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