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Years ago, I tore the ACL in my left knee. It was more than a year after surgery before I could bend it fully and return to sports. Nowadays, it seems as though people are back to work and play after only six months. Am I right?

You are! Newer and better repair methods help make the difference. Doctors can now repair a torn or damaged ACL using other tendon grafted from the patient. The operation can be done using an arthroscope to avoid cutting the knee open. These two things alone have cut down on problems after surgery. Research has also shown the importance of rehab after surgery. Improving motion and strength is a major part of the exercise program. Restoring proprioception has also been added. Proprioception is the sense of joint position. Is my knee bent or straight? Exactly what position is the joint in? Messengers in the ACL help give the joint this information. Physical therapists are finding new and better ways to help restore proprioception. Today’s technology has provided equipment that wasn’t available even 10 years ago.


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