ACL Injuries: Q&A with Dr. Catherine Logan

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ACL Injury Q&A with Dr. Catherine Logan

What is the ACL, and why is it important?

The ACL is an incredibly important ligment in the knee; it provides stability with cutting and pivoting during sports such as soccer, lacrosse and basketball. 

What causes ACL injuries?

ACL injury can lead to instability and swelling of the knee, basically a feeling of the knee "giving out." Several things can lead to an ACL injury, including gender, anatomic variations, landing/jumping techniques to name a few.

ACL Injuries

The most common mechanism of injury when an ACL is torn is a non-contact injury where the knee falls inward (valgus) while the foot is planted.  

What is ACL Reconstruction?

ACL Reconstruction is a procedure in which a new ACL (graft) is placed in the knee. There are multiple graft options:

Many ACL restoration techniques are done using minimally invasive surgical procedures. This can reduce healing time and prevent excess bleeding.

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Author
Dr. Catherine Logan Headshot Dr. Catherine Logan, MD, MBA Catherine Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT, is a sports medicine orthopaedic surgeon specializing in complex knee and shoulder surgery at Colorado Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics (COSMO) in Denver, Colorado. As a former physical therapist & trainer, Dr. Logan provides a distinct expertise in sports injury, prevention, and surgical management.

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