One of the challenges with a torn ACL is that the knee can be unstable, meaning it buckles or gives way when you land from a jump or plant your foot to change directions. But is that the only cause of buckling or giving way? In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I discuss whether your knee giving out is a sign of an ACL injury.

William asks:
Dr. Geier, thanks for your informative video series. I had ACL surgery with a hamstring graft about 15 years ago. Over the course of the last 5 years, my knee has been giving out a bit, every 6 months or so playing squash when bending down and rotating. If the knee is giving out, is that a sign that the graft is possibly tearing, becoming more damaged, etc.?

Buckling or giving way of the knee can be a sign of an ACL injury. But it isn’t the only cause of your knee feeling like it’s buckling.

Is there a sign of an ACL injury an injured female athlete should look for?

In this video, I discuss quad weakness, why you can have it, and how you can tell if it is the cause of your knee buckling.

Also read:
Does a partial ACL tear need surgery?
Can I wear an ACL brace instead of having surgery for an ACL tear?

Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, on my website, on my podcast, or in social media. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.

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