ACL Injury

Complications

A short term complication is that you will need to take it easy until your injured ligament has healed.

Other complications may include:

  • Torn meniscus: As the ACL and meniscus are both structures in your knee which are quick close, if you injure one you may have injured the other. An injured meniscus can increase the risk of joint problems later on.
  • Arthritis: This is a very common complication that arises as a long term complication.This is when your joint cartilage gets rough over time leaving it deficient . About half the people with an ACL tear develop osteoarthritis in the involved joint 10 to 20 years later. Arthritis may occur even if you have surgery to reconstruct the ligament.
14 October, 2012