Dr. Hacker describes how a woman can determine if she has injured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
An ACL tear, when it occurs is usually an event that one remembers. It usually involves a pop, sometimes associated with pain; the knee becomes swollen, and what most people find, as that swelling and initial discomfort goes away, they have a sense that the knee is unstable, that they put their foot down and things are moving in a very abnormal way.
So if you have experienced this on the ski slope, where your knee is popped, you feel as if your knee isn’t quite connected correctly. This is something where you definitely would want to be seen by an orthopedic specialist right away to talk about options and prevent these sort of things from happening in the future.
About Dr. Hacker, M.D., M.S.:
Dr. Hacker specializes in sports medicine, both on and off the field. Dr. Hacker completed extensive training in bioengineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was given a Regent's Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Honorable Mention for his work. He completed a Master's Thesis in Engineering on the properties of meniscal tissue in addition to multiple projects including pioneering research in ACL healing and repair. He then served as director of the Coutts Institute in San Diego, a leading center for Orthopaedic research. Dr. Hacker completed an orthopedic research fellowship studying the ability to grow and transplant cartilage.