Patient Comments: Torn ACL - Causes


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Comment from: Ashleighxoxo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) whilst wrestling. I went to do a moonsault from the top rope and my opponent moved out of the way and I came crashing down on my knee hearing a pop and excruciating pain. I continued the match and won but once I got to the hospital I learned that I’d torn my ACL. I am currently waiting to get surgery in the next few weeks.

Comment from: Gimpywidereciever, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

Playing football, I jumped to intercept the pass. I caught it but I landed on my left leg in an awkward way. It buckled underneath me, inward I think. I don't know if my leg was straight or not when I landed. I was down immediately thinking I broke my leg, as I never experienced a broken bone or torn ligament before. I went straight to the emergency room. A few days later after an MRI I found out I had completely severed my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), MCL (medial collateral ligament), and torn the meniscus. A month’s wait to see if MCL will heal. ACL surgery is for sure, if not both.

Comment from: Merman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 08

I was sitting on the sofa with my legs propped on the coffee table when my four year old daughter jumped/crashed onto my knees before I could notice and bend my knees to absorb the impact. Two weeks after the torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), I can walk, but have extreme pain kneeling. I am going to try to use exercises without surgery to heal.

Comment from: Cheezer, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 13

My friend was trying to balance on a vertical baseball bat while eating nachos. Ended up tearing his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and getting a face full of nachos. Not fun for him but hilarious for me.

Comment from: Bridgett, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I was literally club dancing, and was jumping along to a popular song, and as I was landing (I don't know if my knee was locked or not) my knee immediately gave way. There was no popping, but I couldn't stand up without immediately falling. I found later that I had torn my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).

Comment from: Natalia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

Sharp unexpected “hockey stop” to avoid collision skiing caused my torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).

Comment from: southerngirl3245, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I was skiing and had a standing fall. Slow motion as I was trying to clip out of my ski and someone gently skied into the back of me. I felt my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) pop and got really hot. I sat there for 5 minutes until the pain slowed. I wound up skiing the rest of the day on it but gingerly. It swelled up. I thought I had torn my meniscus. Nope, ACL. I am doing physiotherapy now, waiting on surgery until summer.

Comment from: Delfinaki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I was at a dance and stepped the wrong way. I heard the snap and managed to tear the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), meniscus, and cartilage. Three years ago I had the meniscus and cartilage repaired and waited for the ACL. I am scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning, since I have little stability left in the right knee.

Comment from: Dana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

Skiing was the cause of my torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). I heard the 'pop' clear as a bell. It didn't swell at all. I skied down, actually, but knee kept giving out. It didn't hurt until the next day. I'm 58, and almost 6 months out from surgery and knee is still less than ideal, but better. I can't swim my mile, kick with fins, hike uphill or down, bike uphill or down, ski, or raft. Frustrating. Brace yourself for a long haul.

Comment from: carlashare, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I fell down the front porch and thought I just sprained it. It was a horrible pain, worst Christmas gift. Surgery is needed! I have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and a tibia fibula.

Comment from: Sheena, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I was playing soccer, jumped high and landed with my knee locked and immediately went down. Initially I was told it was a sprain and it would heal in about 2 weeks. Ten days after the initial injury, someone had the door open for me and I rushed a little, immediately I went down! That day, my doctor ordered an MRI and a brace. Today, I just found out I have a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Hopefully, I'll get surgery super soon.


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Comment from: Melodie in LA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I tried to move a 300 lb. box onto a truck bed and I was wearing flip flops and therefore as I shoved onto the box to push deep into the bed, it pushed me off of the tailgate and I landed with my left leg locked onto asphalt, about 4 feet from the ground. I heard and felt my knee give in opposite direction and popped. I waited 1 month to find MRI showing a severed ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). I had surgery and am still recovering but I am very happy they can even fix that these days. I am still very active and cannot wait to jog and run again.

Comment from: Beth, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I was walking up the brick steps of my porch and my flip flop got caught in the dog's chain someone had laid over a step and I fell directly onto my right knee. I grabbed at the door with my left hand to try to catch myself and that caused a wrist sprain, but my knee was hurting so bad I didn't notice the swelling and pain in my wrist and fingers until the next day. My knee swelled immediately and started bruising the next day, getting uglier every day after that. I rested it, iced it, elevated it for 6 days but it only got worse. I went to the emergency room today and they said I have a torn ACL and a small fracture on my kneecap. I go to the orthopedist in 5 days. I really hope I don't have to have surgery.

Comment from: Knowles, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I was playing Australian Rules football. I received a tackle from behind! My knee went straight into the ground and the tackler landed on my leg twisting my knee and foot. I felt a crack in my knee and thought I had broken my tibia. At first I got up and walked away from the incident, then in about 10 minutes my knee was huge and I could not bear weight on it at all! Scans revealed torn ACL and I require surgery!

Comment from: raymor, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I jumped out of the bed of a truck and slipped on ice when I landed. I felt a big pop and was in some serious pain. I couldn't put any weight on it for several days without my knee buckling or shifting. MRI showed the bad news two weeks later! Full tear of the ACL as well as a partial tear to the lateral meniscus.

Comment from: Sam, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

Playing volleyball on pavement, I landed on my right foot wrong; my leg was going one direction, foot another; created the perfect storm for a torn ligament. I heard a loud "crack-crack" and down I went. I could not get back up. I have gone through physical therapy and have just undergone surgery. I am currently in recovery.

Comment from: chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I hopped up to the top of a 6' wooden fence and jumped to the other side. My knee locked and then hyperextended. There was a sharp pain inside my knee. I managed to climb back over (the dangers of Wiffle ball!) and limped around the rest of the day in intense pain. An MRI the next day confirmed the bad news.

Comment from: Manzie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

Horse kick to the side of the left knee area fractured tibia tip and tore ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). No surgery or MRI done.

Comment from: Mike C, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

Two days ago, I abruptly felt my knee collapse and excruciating continuous pain like an ice pick piercing the outside of my knee right below the patella. I couldn't walk. Last summer, I had a partial knee replacement (interior) and have had five arthroscopic surgeries on this knee over the last 15 years. The pain and fragility of the knee has subsided but I keep the hinged knee brace on. I wonder if it is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Comment from: Gloria, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I am a mail carrier who fell on stairs on the mail route. My knee immediately began to swell and bruising came the following day. My fall resulted in a torn medial meniscus and ACL. My injury was over a month ago and I am still waiting for my surgery to be approved.

Comment from: Patricia Bush, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

My knee has hurt for years. I had a cleaning business for years and was always on my knees. While I was walking up my basement stairs something popped in back of my knee. I couldn't walk on it. I went to the hospital, they said x-ray was fine. They gave me a brace and that was it.


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Comment from: mrsg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I tore my ACL and meniscus when I fell down some steps while working. I hit my knee and arm on the step, causing a deep bone bruise on my leg, delaying surgery for 4-6 weeks, and leaving me with a horrific-looking forearm.

Comment from: JDKothanek, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

When I was a young Marine, I was rappelling from a helicopter onto uneven terrain and all my weight (with pack and gear, of course) hit the ground with such force that my left leg was pretty close to being locked. Immediately, I felt a very sharp searing pain, and it seemed as though my femur went forward of my tibia a great deal. I had an ACL replacement in 1992, and now I think it may have gone out again – which is how I landed on this site for information and why I’m sharing what happened.