Bone, Joint and Muscle Conditions
ACL Injuries Symptoms and Diagnosis
Symptoms of ACL Injuries
If your child's knee suddenly swells after an accident or injury, they may have a torn ACL or another serious knee problem. Besides swelling, symptoms of ACL injuries include:
- A popping sound at the time of the injury
- Severe pain
- Later, knee feels unstable
ACL Injuries Diagnosis
To help protect your child from more injuries that could hurt growing bones and joints, it is important to get a thorough evaluation and proper treatment.
When you and your child come to our clinic, we:
- Ask what happened before the knee began to swell and hurt.
- Examine your child's knee. To doctors trained in sports medicine, knees with ACL tears often feel loose.
We cannot be sure that your child has a torn ACL until the swelling in the knee has gone down. This takes about seven to 10 days. At that time, we may take:
of your child's knee to get more information on what is wrong.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
scan if it is not clear that the ACL is torn or if we think your child may have other injuries.