As a patient of Vertex, you may be considering or have already undergone ACL surgery. Understanding the evidence-based factors that can determine your optimal long-term outcome after surgery is important for your recovery and rehabilitation process.
One of the most important factors to consider is the choice of graft material for ACL reconstruction. Autografts such as hamstring tendons, bone-patellar tendon-bone, and quadriceps tendon have been shown to have better outcomes compared to allografts. Additionally, a well-structured rehabilitation protocol that focuses on regaining range of motion, strength, proprioception, and neuromuscular control is crucial for optimal long-term outcomes. Your physical therapist at Vertex can work with you to create a personalized rehabilitation plan that suits your needs.
Age, knee extension (hyperextension is optimal), cross-sectional size of the graft, associated injuries, surgical technique, and rehabilitation protocol are also important factors to consider. It is essential to have an open and honest conversation with your surgeon about these factors and how they may impact your long-term outcome.
When it comes to finding information online, it can be overwhelming to navigate through the sea of information available. At Vertex, we prioritize evidence-based practice and aim to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information. References used in this blog post include:
- Mayo Clinic Staff. (2021). Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acl-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20350738
- Webster, K. E., Feller, J. A., & Leigh, W. B. (2016). A randomized comparison of patellar tendon and hamstring tendon anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(1), 83-90. https://doi.org/10.1177/0363546515614814
- Shelbourne, K. D., & Johnson, B. C. (2013). Treatment of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in athletes. The Journal of Knee Surgery, 26(3), 161-169. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0033-1341595
By staying informed and actively participating in your recovery process, you can increase your chances of achieving an optimal long-term outcome after ACL surgery. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and support throughout your recovery journey.