A cruciate ligament is a large ligament right in the middle of the knee.

There are two cruciate ligaments (anterior and posterior) and they are very important structures, connecting the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia).

The word 'cruciate' means 'crossed', referring to the fact that the two cruciate ligaments cross over one another.

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An 'interpretation' of a 2009 paper looking at the factors that increase the likelihood of developing osteoarthritis after cruciate ligament injury.

Early indicators of a cruciate tear

What makes you think you might have torn your cruciate?

What are the cruciate ligaments?

Illustrated overview of the cruciate ligaments.

Cruciate ligaments

A brief overview of the important cruciate ligaments inside the knee.

An 'interpretation' of a paper from 2007, which is a literature review trying to determine whether cruciate ligament injury predisposes one to osteoarthritis of the knee.

An 'interpretation' of a paper published in 2000 which discusses the critical importance of competent rehabilitation in preventing arthrofibrotic scarring inside the knee after cruciate ligament reconstruction.

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Children represent a special problem when it comes to tears of the cruciate ligaments. Feel free to download this fully-illustrated eBook on ACL Repair in Children written by knee surgeon, Professor Adrian Wilson.

acl repair in children