What is the Key to the ACL Epidemic? Prevention.

In my previous post, I discussed the current research and concepts with regards to Return to Sport following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR)... Now it is time to discuss how we, as clinicians, can help to prevent these injuries altogether. A recent Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 14 studies and 27,000 participants conducted by Gagnier…

ACL Reconstruction: When Can I Play Again?

"When can I play ___________ again?" Such a simple question. Following an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), this is the answer that everyone (clinician, patient, coach, and parent) wants to know. Unfortunately, this simple question does not have a simple answer. With copious amounts of research devoted to this pathology, it would seem like an…

The Chondral Lesion: Aftermath of an ACL Rupture

According to Swenson et al, the third most common knee injury in high school aged athletes is pathology associated with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at 25.4%. Additionally, Griffin et al estimated that the total number of ACL ruptures per year approaches nearly 250,000 and a subsequent surgical reconstrucaton is perfromed in nearly 125,000 patients…