If you have been diagnosed with an ACL tear, then that is an important reason to see Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, a top-rated NYC orthopedic knee surgeon, as well as the co-founder and chief orthopedic surgeon of New York  Bone and Joint Specialists.

Dr. Popovitz routinely diagnoses and treats ACL tears. As a best-rated NYC orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, has extensive experience and the highest success in performing arthroscopic reconstructions of ACL tears.

Our facilities offer a professional, comprehensive and individualized environment that leads to one-of-a-kind care. New York Bone and Joint Specialists has offices in NYC-Upper East Side, NYC-Midtown West in Manhattan and Paramus, NJ.

New York Bone and Joint Specialist can provide urgent and immediate service for diagnosis and treatment of your ACL or knee injury.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are common among professional athletes and sports activity enthusiasts. It has been reported that over half of the injuries that occur to the anterior cruciate ligament also include damage to other structures in the knee including the meniscus, articular cartilage or other surrounding knee ligaments. This is why it is so important that a world-class orthopedic surgeon treats you.

Because of his top reputation, athletes and patients seek out Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, from across the US and all over the world. These are often athletes and dancers whose livelihoods depend upon their knee.

All patients receive the same courteous care and accommodations from our top-notch staff. We are happy to handle all insurance processes and work with you to create a schedule for treatments that are most convenient for you. Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, strives to make your healing process the best experience possible.

Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, will calmly explain the details of your injury, all your treatment options, and all specifics about your treatment. He will answer every question you might have and, together, decide on a treatment plan. You will feel secure that Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, will take excellent care of you with the highest level of skill and success.


Within our knee joint there are many ligaments that provide structural integrity. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is critical for the stability of the knee and is one of the most commonly torn ligaments in the knee.


The anterior cruciate ligament is most commonly damaged with a rapid change of direction, stopping suddenly, malposition of your knee when landing from a jump/height, or even from direct contact or impact with your knee joint. These injuries often occur in elite athletes, recreational athletes, dancers or any person that steps the wrong way in a sudden pivoting manner.


There is, typically, a rapid onset of pain and swelling to the knee. The knee may buckle or give way and feel unstable. A person may have difficulty bearing weight and even fall to the ground at the time of injury.

Later, patients often report continued instability of the joint and loss in their range of motion. It is important that at this time you seek expert consultation with top-rated orthopedic surgeon Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD.

Many times if patients are not treated, then the instability continues, which often leads to tearing of their meniscus or cartilage. This results in increased pain and potential early progression of arthritis.

Even if the instability is not present daily, the tearing of the meniscus can still occur. Therefore, patients that have suffered an ACL tear long ago and have not been treated, still should have a consultation with best-rated orthopedic surgeon Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD.


The diagnosis of an ACL injury or tear begins with an examination by an orthopedic knee specialist. Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, and his associates at New York Bone and Joint Specialists have a vast amount of resources to evaluate your injury and form an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan.

Modalities for the diagnosis of an ACL injury or tear include:

  • Complete history and physical exam
  • X-ray to visualize any associated fractures or dislocations
  • MRI to visualize the ligament damage directly
  • Diagnostic knee arthroscopy to directly visualize the injury within the knee joint


Treatment options often depend on the severity of your injury. Your knee doctor will discuss all options and they may range from conservative (non-surgical) treatment such as physical therapy, to ACL reconstruction.

Most active patients undergo ACL reconstruction to stabilize the knee, stop the pain and prevent any further buckling. Moreover, patients typically choose ACL reconstruction in order to prevent any further damage to their meniscus or cartilage and avoid progression of arthritis.

The ACL cannot be sewn back up. It will not heal. Therefore, the ACL is reconstructed by replacing the ligament with other tissue. This is performed using a minimally-invasive technique called knee arthroscopy, and all patients go home the same day.

The possibility of surgery for an injured or torn ACL can cause a patient anxiety. However, top-rated orthopedic surgeon Dr. Leon E. Popovitz, MD, has years of experience in treating all types of knee injuries with compassion and kindness. Moreover, he has the highest level of success in reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and bringing stability and function to the patients he so diligently treats. This is why his skill and knowledge is sought out from all over the world.

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