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Torn ACL? Good News

Posted by Britt R. on

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