Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The pain and disability associated with an ACL injury prompt many people to seek immediate medical attention. Others may make an appointment with their family doctors. Depending upon the severity of your injury, you may be referred to a doctor specializing in sports medicine or orthopedic surgery.

What you can do

Before the appointment, you may want to write down the answers to the following questions:

  • When did the injury occur?
  • What were you doing at the time?
  • Did you initially hear a loud "pop" sound?
  • Was there much swelling afterward?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • Do any specific movements seem to improve or worsen your symptoms?
  • Does your knee ever "lock" or feel blocked when you're trying to move it?
  • Do you ever feel that your knee is unstable or unable to support your weight?
Jan. 04, 2013