ACL Tear Specialist

Capital City Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Austin, TX

Tearing or spraining an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common knee injuries in sports medicine. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained sports medicine physician Michael Burris, MD, specializes in treating ACL tears at Capital City Orthopaedics in Austin, Texas. For expert care in ACL reconstruction, call or book an appointment online today.

ACL Tear Q & A

What is an ACL tear?

The ACL is one of two cruciate ligaments that cross one another to form an X inside your knee joint. These ligaments work together to control the back-and-forth motions of your knee.

ACL tears most commonly result from noncontact injuries while playing physically demanding sports such as soccer and skiing. You can injure your ACL when you stop or change directions suddenly, or land awkwardly from a jump.

How do I know if I injured my ACL?

You may have damaged your ACL if you hear a “popping” sound and feel your knee give out at the time of injury. Other signs and symptoms of an ACL tear include:

  • Knee pain and swelling
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Difficulty walking on the affected leg

If you think you may have injured your ACL during a sport or activity, it’s important to stop and seek medical attention. Resuming activity without proper treatment may lead to further knee damage, such as a meniscus tear.

When do I need surgery for an ACL tear?

Surgery isn’t always necessary to repair a damaged ACL. However, since this is a season-ending injury for athletes, surgery is recommended for most active individuals. The team at Capital City Orthopaedics is committed to exhausting nonsurgical options whenever possible and performing personalized surgical procedures only when necessary.

Dr. Burris is fellowship-trained in sports medicine with particular expertise in ACL reconstruction. Always up to date on the most recent advances in ACL surgery, he performs leading-edge techniques to ensure optimal outcomes.

What should I expect from ACL reconstruction surgery?

First, Dr. Burris carefully evaluates your knee and reviews your medical history to make sure ACL surgery is right for you. Then, he develops an individualized treatment plan based on your particular needs.

Dr. Burris recommends the best surgical technique for your ACL injury. He’s highly skilled in minimally invasive arthroscopic ACL reconstruction, including the latest approaches that allow for better rotational control of your knee during sports activities.

Depending on your unique condition, Dr. Burris may recommend reconstructing your ACL with a tissue graft from your own body or from a donor. Dr. Burris is one of only a few orthopedic surgeons in the region who offer the five-strand hamstring graft technique for ACL reconstruction.

If you think you may have injured your ACL, call Capital City Orthopaedics or book an appointment online today.