Torn ACL? Good News
This week’s medical news is simply the “bee’s knees.” According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), patients who undergo a knee operation for a torn ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, can look forward to sustaining an active life long term.
In a news release from the AOSSM, the study involved patients who underwent ACL reconstructive surgery in one knee between 2002 and 2004. For a decade thereafter, researchers followed 1320 participants from the original study.
Although the amount of activity in a person’s life may decrease over time, the study found that these patients typically were able to achieve sports-related functions up to 10 years post-surgery. As one of the study’s co-authors, Dr. Kurt Spindler, describes, "An active patient may view an ACL injury as devastating, but our research adds to short- and long-term studies that show a good prognosis for return to pre-injury quality of life.”
Dr. Spindler also noted that the findings can help medical professionals determine the best treatment for their patients.
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Source: Health Day News & American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, news release, July 21, 2017