ACL Injuries The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the primary ligaments found in your knee. It is also one of the most frequently injured ligaments. Sports that require sudden stops, starts and high-impact pivots, such as soccer, basketball, football and skiing, are a common catalyst for this type of injury. Pain, tenderness and swelling often accompany an ACL injury, as well as a loss of range of motion, instability and issues walking. Treatment To determine the severity of the injury, your physician will conduct a physical examination and take X-rays—possibly an MRI—to check for potential fractures or damage to surrounding areas. Physical therapy and rehabilitation may restore your knee to its original condition, or close to it. Nonoperative methods, however, can result in an increased risk of re-injury. Your physician may recommend surgery to reconstruct the ligament and repair the tear. If you’d like more information about our sports medicine program, or to schedule a consultation, call (856) 641-8000 ext. SPORT or email SportsMedicine@ihn.org. Why Choose Inspira? Advanced Treatment for Athletes of All Skill Levels Athletes come in all shapes, sizes, ages and skill levels, and at Inspira, we’re committed to providing personalized care based on your specific athletic goals. Our team of trained clinical professionals, including a sports orthopedic specialist, certified athletic trainer, physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach, work collaboratively to engineer a treatment plan that works for you—wherever you are in your journey to athletic excellence. Comprehensive Sports Medicine Services Inspira’s sports medicine program focuses on maximizing the athletic performance of both professional and amateur athletes, as well as the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. Screening Services for Injury Prevention Screenings can help reduce your risk of injury before the big race, upcoming season or whatever athletic event you’re training for. Inspira’s sports medicine clinicians know exactly how to keep you safe from injury with functional movement screenings and baseline concussion testing. These practices go a long way in preventing injuries, allowing you to perform your best for years to come. Skilled Orthopedic Expertise Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities across South Jersey have received national recognition for orthopedic care and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons to guide you on your road to recovery.