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A torn cruciate ligament is a very common knee injury. The cruciate ligaments are found inside your knee joint and cross each other like an ‘X’, the anterior cruciate ligament in front, and the posterior cruciate ligament behind it. They provide stability for the knee in everything from day to day function to extreme sport. They are supported by the muscles around the joint.
Anterior Cruciate ligament injuries can occur along with damage to other structures in the knee including articular cartilage, meniscus or the other ligaments.
Sometimes the cruciate ligament can be stretched, sprained or partially torn, which may result in some symptoms but without the severity of a complete tear. This distinction can only be made with the help of an MRI scan.