The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of four major knee ligaments.  Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. The ACL connects your thighbone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia) and helps stabilize your knee joint.  The ACL is therefore critical to stability; as a result, people who injure their ACL often complain of symptoms of their knee giving out from under them.  Many patients who sustain an ACL tear opt to have surgical treatment of this injury –

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