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Lets Talk About Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)

ACL stands for “anterior cruciate ligament.” In the knee, a ligament is tissue that connects two bones (holding the shinbone and thigh bone together). It is one of two ligaments that cross within the center of the knee. The ACL’s primary role is to stabilize the knee in front to back (anterior) and rotational movements — preventing excessive forward movement and limiting rotational knee movement.

In this edition of Ask the Doctor, Dr. Daniel Nicholson of Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute answers common questions regarding ACL injuries and treatment options:

How does an ACL injury occur?

How can I prevent ACL Injuries?

Can you repair an ACL without surgery?

What types of treatments are there for ACL injury?

Dr. Daniel Nicholson

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Daniel Nicholson is an orthopedic surgeon with extensive experience in sports medicine. He specializes in arthroscopic and minimally invasive procedures of the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. Dr. Nicholson has a special interest in prevention and treatment of ACL injuries, cartilage restoration procedures, and robotic-assisted partial and total knee replacements.

Dr. Nicholson is passionate about building strong, personable relationships with his patients that helps to optimize both surgical and nonsurgical outcomes and provide an overall improved quality of life. While completing a sports medicine fellowship in Houston, Texas, Dr. Nicholson served as an associate team physician for the Houston Texans, Astros, Rockets and Dynamo professional sports teams and the University of Houston Athletic Department.

Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute: Sports Medicine

Acworth — 4450 Calibre Crossing, Suite 1106, Acworth, GA 30101

Canton — 470 Northside Cherokee Boulevard, Suite 180, Canton, GA 30115

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