A torn ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, has become one of the most widely recognized sports injuries in America today. The list of high profile athletes who have lost entire seasons to this injury gets longer each year. While people outside the medical field may not fully understand what a torn ACL actually means, everyone knows it is a serious injury. If you find yourself asking, "I tore my ACL, now what?" you'll want to continue reading.
The knee is one of the most common sites of injury for athletes at any level. In fact, estimates suggest that about a quarter of the adult population suffers from knee pain, with that number increasing among people who play sports. That’s because the knee is essential to many common athletic movements, like running and jumping.