ACL Injuries Chat

Emory Sports Medicine specialist Dr. Sam Labib answered questions about ACL (anterior cruiciate ligament) injuries during his live chat. Participants were able to gain valuable information including what the ACL does, how ACL injuries occur, symptoms of an ACL injury, treatment options for ACL injuries and new research on the horizon.

  • Mike


    When ever I turn my lower leg to the right, then compress it, my leg, knee down, will pop into another spot. Afterwards, when I try to fully extend my leg, it hurts, then finally pops back into place. Also, if I try to put weight on the the after compressing it, it will hurt, only does it return to normal after fully extending it with a pop. It sometimes pops out if I kick a ball, rarely happens.

    Any ideas on how I can take care of it at home, or what it is, and how serious it may be.


    • Mike,

      Unfortunately, it is impossible to make a diagnosis without seeing you in person. There’s a possibility it could be a meniscus tear or ACL tear, but we would really need to see you in person. Feel free to call 404-778-3350 to schedule an appt. Thanks!

  • Harry H.

    Do you have a training program to help in the prevention of ACL injuries in young female athletes?

  • John

    Can a dislocated collar bone be cured after many years of dislocation… My collarbone dislocated when i was 6 or 7 (now i am 18) and doctor didn’t notice it…. Now I think my body has developed accordingly… It doesn’t hurt but looks bad and my left arm has lesser power than my right arm because of this dislocation…. So is it curable?

    • Thank you for your question, John! While we cannot speak to your specific condition without seeing you in person, there are two forms of dislocated collar bones; either a dislocation from the chest bone (sternum), or a dislocation from the shoulder bone (acromion). They are uncommon in general pediatric issues, but with trauma they both can occur. When the dislocations occur, they will both typically go on to heal on their own and patients will typically regain their motion, strength and function. It is a normal to have a slight bump or prominence, which may be cosmetically unfavorable – but usual does not lead to weakness. Certain chronic collarbone dislocations can be treated with a surgery; more commonly the ones dislocated from the collarbone (acromion).

      If you would like to make an appointment with one of our shoulder specialists, please call 404-778-3350. Someone from our team would be happy to provide a more thorough evaluation.