ACL Tear

Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation located in Rockville, MD & Damascus, MD

An ACL tear can leave you in severe pain and prevent you from participating in the activities you enjoy. The exceptional team of orthopaedic surgeons at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation offers state-of-the-art nonsurgical and surgical treatment for ACL tears for patients in Rockville and Damascus, Maryland. If you’ve experienced an ACL tear or another knee injury, call or request an appointment online today.

ACL Tear Q & A

What is an ACL Tear?

Your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the strong band of tissue that crosses the middle of your knee. It connects your thigh bone to your shin bone and helps stabilize your knee. When you tear your ACL, it can cause severe pain and limit your mobility.

An ACL tear most commonly occurs while you’re playing a sport or participating in an activity where you stop and start abruptly or change direction, such as:

  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Downhill skiing


If you tear your ACL, you often hear a “popping” sound as it happens, and your knee may immediately become unstable or too painful to bear weight.

What are the Symptoms of an ACL Injury?

In addition to the popping sound or sensation in your knee at the moment of the ACL injury, you may experience severe pain along with:

  • Lost range of motion
  • Swelling around your knee
  • General instability of your leg
  • Inability to bear weight on your knee


It’s important to seek immediate medical attention for an ACL injury to determine whether it’s a complete or partial tear. An accurate diagnosis can ensure that you receive prompt, effective treatment.

Will I Need Surgery for an ACL Injury?

Once your expert orthopaedic surgeon determines the severity of your ACL injury, they can create an effective treatment plan that gets you back on your feet again.

In some cases, an ACL tear does require surgery, but the doctors at Capitol Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation take a more conservative approach whenever possible, using rehabilitative methods to heal your ACL tear and leaving surgery as the last option.

Whether you have an ACL tear or another musculoskeletal condition, the on-site physical rehabilitation facility encourages communication between the patient, doctor, and physical therapists, and optimizes patient care.

If you do need surgery to repair your ACL tear, either due to the severity of your injury or because you lead an active lifestyle, surgery can restore function and relieve pain. It can also prevent the injury from becoming more complicated, involving additional ligaments, joints, and the menisci in your knee.

Should it come to surgery, your doctor explains your options so you know what to expect for your outcome and recovery. To learn more about effective nonsurgical or surgical treatments for ACL tears, call the office or request an appointment online.