OrthoNY ACL Repair

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ACL Repair

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury

A sprained or torn ACL is a very common injury that can affect anyone. Athletes are more prone to these types of knee injuries as they are often engaging in activities that easily lead to an ACL tear or sprain.

Where is My ACL?

There are several different ligaments that make up the knee. The role of the cruciate ligaments is to control the back and forth motion of the knee. Cruciate ligaments are located inside of the knee joint, and they cross diagonally across the knee.

The anterior cruciate ligament can be found in the middle of the knee running diagonally to the posterior cruciate ligament at the back of the knee. The purpose of the ACL is to provide stability to the entire knee joint, with a particular importance regarding the tibia and keeping it in place.

ACL Sprains and Tears

There is a gradual scale that exists to measure the severity of injury to the anterior cruciate ligament. This scale consists of:

  • Grade 1 ACL Sprain - The ACL has been overstretched but is still able to maintain stability of the knee joint.
  • Grade 2 ACL Sprain - The ACL becomes loose from the amount of strain it has endured. Often, this particular grade of an ACL sprain is also known as a partial tear.
  • Grade 3 ACL Sprain - This is the worst case scenario wherein the ACL has been torn completely and split into two separate pieces, leaving the joint unstable.

Although grade 1 and 2 sprains can occur, a grade 3 sprain or complete tear of the ACL is the most common injury sustained by the anterior cruciate ligament.

What Can Lead to an ACL Injury?

As previously mentioned, athletes are more likely to injure their ACL due to the nature of their particular sport or activity. Female athletes are particularly susceptible to ACL injury, as studies have shown. There is no exact reason, but many believe that the answer lies in the subtle differences in the muscular and skeletal systems of men and women.

Most ACL injuries have occurred from:

  • Sudden change of direction (cutting)
  • Abrupt stops
  • Improper landing from a jump
  • A collision
  • Slowing from a run

Symptoms of an ACL Injury

Many people who experience an injury to their ACL will hear a “pop” or feel their knee give out, making the ACL injury quite noticeable. Typically, pain will quickly follow such sounds or sensations, and the joint will begin to swell.

In the case of a minor ACL injury, or grade 1 sprain, avoiding use of the knee joint with proper rest and relaxation may be enough to repair the damage. Unfortunately, many patients do not give their bodies enough time to heal before returning to sports or regular activities.

More serious injuries such as a partial or complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament are usually accompanied by worsening pain, loss of range of motion within the joint, tenderness of the area affected, and discomfort during use of the ACL.

Seeking Treatment

It is important to address an injury to your ACL right away, with the help of a professional. Your doctor will provide appropriate treatment options depending upon the exact nature of your ACL injury.

To speak with an orthopedic specialist of OrthoNY, please call (518) 489-2663 today to request an appointment.

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Specialized Orthopedic Treatment in Albany and Schenectady NY

The ASTYM System

The ASTYM System is a rehabilitation treatment that provides a breakthrough in the way soft tissue injuries are treated. The system identifies and treats abnormal soft tissue, tapping into the body’s natural healing process to enable rapid return to activity, free from pain and limitation.

Research has shown that in many cases of chronic tendinitis, the tissue is not inflamed but is degenerative. Most treatments ignore these soft tissue dysfunctions, and therefore are not effective for treating the problems that result from them.

The remarkable success of the ASTYM System is due to the fact that it directly addresses dysfunctional soft tissue, the underlying source of many problems.

The McKenzie Method

The McKenzie Method is a reliable assessment process intended for all musculoskeletal problems, including pain in the back, neck and extremities (i.e., shoulder, knee, ankle etc.), as well as issues associated with sciatica, sacroiliac joint pain, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, muscle spasms and intermittent numbness in hands or feet. If you are suffering from any such issues, then a McKenzie assessment may be right for you!

Developed by world-renowned expert physiotherapist Robin McKenzie in the 1950s, this well-researched, exercise based approach of assessment, diagnosis and treatment uses a comprehensive and clinically reasoned evaluation of patients without the use of expensive diagnostic imaging (e.g. x-rays and MRIs).

The treatment principles of the McKenzie Method promote the body's potential to repair itself and do not involve the use of medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, or surgery. McKenzie allows patients to learn the principles and empowers them to be in control of their own symptom management, which can reduce dependency on medical intervention.

Common Orthopedic and Sports Injuries We Treat

Ankle and Foot

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Pain
  • Tibia and Fibula fractures
  • Medial Tibia Stress Syndrome (Shin Pain)


  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Patella Femoral Pain (Runner’s Knee)
  • Osgood- Schaltter Disease
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Collateral Ligament Sprains
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Knee Arthritis


  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Partial Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Labral Tears
  • Shoulder Injuries in the Throwing Athlete
  • Acromion Clavicular Sprains (AC separations)
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)


  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Distal Bicep Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains and Strains


  • Sprains and Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Impingement
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Snapping Hip Syndrome

Low Back

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Bulging/ Ruptured Disc
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Sprains and Strains
  • Degenerative Disc
  • Bulging/Ruptured Disc
  • Radiculopathy