What are ACL Tears in children?
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments in the knee. The ACL connects the bottom of the femur (thigh bone) to the top of the tibia (shinbone). It is responsible for helping to keep the knee stable. The ACL is also the most “talked about” ligament in the knee, because it is the most commonly injured ligament in elite and professional athletes. An ACL tear can occur if an injury stretches the ligament further than its capability. ACL tears were once an injury, exclusive to high level athletes. However, due to the increase in competitive sports in youth and adolescents, ACL tears are now one the most common knee injuries in children. Dr Armando Vidal, pediatric orthopedic knee specialist, has extensive experience in treating young patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities who have experienced an ACL tear. He has the unique experience of having treated and published extensively on these injuries in kids and at the same time has treated these injuries in collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes.