Cruciate ligaments

OSSEM - Cruciate ligaments


Your cruciate ligaments are found inside your knee joint. Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs diagonally in the middle of the knee and prevents your shinbone (tibia) from sliding out in front of your thighbone (femur), as well as providing stability when rotating. Your ACL can be injured in some of the following ways: by changing direction rapidly, direct collision or contact (in sport for example), or by landing from a jump incorrectly. If this is the case, you may hear a ‘popping’ sound and feel your knee give out from under you. Swelling, tenderness and discomfort while walking could also be present if your ACL has been injured.

Dr Mike Reid is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. He has particular sub specialist interest in knee, hip, sports injuries and trauma, with decades of experience treating acute and chronic injuries. OSSEM has in house GPs available, so you can be seen by Dr Mike Reid without referral. Contact our friendly reception team today to make an appointment.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2014, March). Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries. OrthoInfo.–conditions/anterior- cruciate-ligament-acl-injuries/