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Our Approach to Treating

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears

NYU Langone doctors are experts at diagnosing and treating anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, which occur when the ligament partially or completely ruptures. Our team offers comprehensive, integrated care at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center and the Sports Medicine Center for this common type of knee injury.

Surgery is typically the preferred treatment option for active people with an ACL tear. Our highly skilled, world-renowned orthopedic surgeons are part of one of the largest orthopedic programs in the country and can determine whether you are a candidate for ACL reconstruction surgery. Our multidisciplinary approach to treating ACL tears includes a comprehensive postsurgical rehabilitation program with physical therapists; occupational therapists; and physiatrists, doctors who specialize in rehabilitative medicine, from NYU Langone Orthopedic Center.

Our doctors also offer a variety of nonsurgical options, including joint injections, pain medication, and physical and occupational therapy, which can provide you with symptom relief.

Treatment for ACL Tears

For active individuals who want to return to their desired level of activity, ACL reconstruction surgery is often the best approach. Another option for some patients is ACL repair surgery. For people who cannot have surgery because of an underlying health condition, nonsurgical treatment may be an option.

Our Research and Education in Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.