Signs and symptoms of an ACL injury usually include: A loud “pop” or a “popping” sensation in the knee.
Severe pain and inability to continue activity.
Can you still walk if you have a torn ACL?
And under the right circumstances, you can walk with a torn ACL. Although a person with a fully torn ACL can usually resume walking soon after the injury, athletes playing sports that require lateral movement and quick turns often face a different path to recovery. It’s likely they will miss significant time.
How bad does it hurt to tear your ACL?
When the ACL is torn and the signature loud “pop” is heard, intense pain follows and, within an hour, swelling occurs. Moderate-to-severe pain is very common. Since the ACL is the major knee stabilizer, an injury to it will cause the knee to give out or buckle when a person tries to walk or change direction.
What does a partially torn ACL feel like?
Symptoms of an ACL injury
This is often combined with pain and swelling. You could experience grinding feelings of your bones or kneecap. Another sign is not being able to put weight on your leg. People with a mild ACL injury might feel like their knee is unstable, or like it might “give out” when they are using it.
What should I do if I think I tore my ACL?
Here are some of the options your doctor may give you:
- First aid. If your injury is minor, you may only need to put ice on your knee, elevate your leg, and stay off your feet for a while.
- Medications. Anti-inflammatory drugs can help to reduce swelling and pain.
- Knee brace.
- Physical therapy.