Every year, tens of thousands of athletes will undergo ACL reconstruction. This number is alarming if for no other reason than the lifelong impact that an injury like this carries to those who suffer from it.
Athletes with ACL injuries are often unable to return to sports at their original skill level. Indeed, only slightly more than half of all athletes who suffer an ACL injury will return to the playing fields and those who undergo surgery are at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis.
Additionally, there is a high risk of re-injuring an ACL, if it has been damaged in the past.
This is especially true regarding recurrent ACL tears with the probability of their development ranging from 6-25% depending upon the injury itself.
This likelihood can be greatly diminished by not pushing a return to sports too early. Time and care should be given so that the ligament is allowed to heal and only when that time is complete should the athlete be encouraged to engage in sports activities again.
In regards to the first injury, a proper assessment should be made by orthopedic specialists as to what treatment protocol is advisable. If surgery is necessary, consultations should be made with orthopedic surgeons as to when and how the surgery is to be completed.
If you’ve suffered a sports injury or ACL tear and would like to schedule a consultation, contact our offices in Joplin, MO today. Our staff specialize in treating injuries of this nature and can develop a treatment plan that’s right for you.