Freddie H. Fu MD


Bone and Knee Tissue Graft for ACL Surgery

For anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, the replacement graft can be harvested from tissue in the patellar (kneecap) region. The surgeon removes the tissue along with a small piece of bone called a “bone block” at each end. The graft is first pulled through the two tunnels that were drilled in the upper and lower…

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury is a tear in one of the knee ligaments that join the upper leg bone to the lower leg bone. The ACL helps keep your knee stable. Your ACL can be injured if your knee joint is bent backward, twisted, or bent side to side. The chance of injury is higher if more than one of these…

Stretches to prevent an anterior cruciate ligament injury

Stretching your quadriceps and hamstrings can help prevent anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Do these stretches gradually. Do not push or bounce the stretch. You should feel a stretch, not pain. Exhale as you begin the stretch. While you hold the stretch, inhale. Exhale as you relax. Quadriceps stretch Contract…

Preventing ACL Injuries

A lot of the research on preventing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries has focused on women: women athletes injure their ACLs up to 8 times as often as men athletes. 1 Although the following tips come from women’s programs, they can help anyone prevent ACL injuries. Training and conditioning should take place…

Treatment for ACL Injuries in Children and Teens

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in children and teens are less common than in adults. But they do occur, especially in teens. An injury that hasn’t been treated (or one in which the treatment didn’t work) can lead to future knee problems. The knee may become more and more unstable. Over time, osteoarthritis…