The knee is a very important joint that helps give us the flexibility, strength, and balance we need to be able to walk, run, and climb. It is where the upper and lower leg bones come together, and consists of bones, cartilage, tendons, muscle, nerves, and ligaments. One of these ligaments is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Ligaments are strong “cords” of material that help to hold joints together. It takes a lot for them to become torn but it can happen.
A torn ACL most often happens in athletes that are putting the ligament under a lot of strain, but it can happen to anybody. There are several symptoms to look out for that indicate you have torn your ACL.
Symptom #1: A Loud “Pop”
Ligaments are made from strong materials, and it takes a lot to break them. As such, you can expect to notice when one has been torn, and in more ways than one. When it comes to a torn ACL, you can expect to hear a loud “popping” sound.
The sound is often loud enough to be clearly heard and not just by the patient but also by others around them. In addition to a popping sound, some people might also describe a popping sensation in the knee. It is important to let medical professionals know this information because it will help them to get to the root of the problem quickly.