Alexander E Weber, MD
Orthopaedic surgeon & sports Medicine specialist

Understanding ACL Tears: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Jun 19, 2023
In this blog post, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for ACL tears.


ACL tears typically occur during sudden, high-impact movements such as landing from a jump, pivoting, or changing direction rapidly. Sports that involve these actions, such as soccer, basketball, and skiing, have a higher risk of ACL tears. However, non-contact injuries can also cause ACL tears, such as sudden stops or twists while running.


The most common symptom of an ACL tear is a popping sound or sensation in the knee at the time of injury. Swelling, severe pain, instability, and difficulty in bearing weight are also experienced. Individuals may notice a reduced range of motion and an inability to participate in activities that involve knee movements.


The treatment of an ACL tear depends on several factors, including the severity of the tear, the individual's age, activity level, and overall health. Non-surgical treatment options include rest, physical therapy, and bracing. However, in many cases, surgical intervention is required, especially for athletes or individuals with extensive ligament damage. Surgical options include ACL reconstruction, where a graft is used to replace the torn ligament, allowing for stability and improved function.


ACL tears can be painful and significantly impact an individual's quality of life. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options is crucial for early diagnosis and effective management of this injury. Whether through conservative measures or surgical intervention, the goal is to restore stability, reduce pain, and help individuals return to their daily activities or sports with confidence. If you suspect an ACL tear, consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Dr. Weber and his team treat over 200 Los Angeles athletes and weekend warriors with ACL tears each year. We provide personalized treatment for all knee injuries from professional athletes to high school recreational players to weekend skiers. If you are a patient with a knee injury in Los Angeles, please reach out. We can see you within 24 hours.