Take steps to prevent damage to this key knee ligament, which is becoming more common in young athletes.
A torn ACL (also known as the anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the most common knee injuries, with as many as 200,000 cases per year in the U.S. Young people under the age of 20 are at particular risk, in part because of participation in sports.
Platelet-rich plasma injection (PRP) is an emerging therapeutic procedure in medicine and rehabilitation for the treatment of both acute and chronic soft tissue injuries. It involves collecting blood from the patient's arm, separating the platelets via centrifuge and injecting it back into the patient's injured tissue area to augment (or facilitate) the body's natural healing response.
This is a general description of the average course of events before, during and after surgery. Reading this carefully may help answer many of your questions, allay some of your fears, and in general, allow you to be a better-informed participant in your care and rehabilitation. Your actual experience may differ slightly depending on your particular injury, physical capabilities, the time of your surgery, and other such circumstances. We do strive to continually update our techniques and protocols, so as to provide you with the safest, most effective and reliable treatment available.
Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are very common in sports. When an ACL is torn, the patient-athlete must decide whether to let it remain so or to have surgery to repair it. Both choices are acceptable ones, depending on the particular desires and expectations of the patient. The purpose of this information is to help you decide which treatment is best for you.