Preventing and Recovering from ACL Injuries

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    Should patients retire from sports after tearing their ACL? Lifestyle modification is a complex matter, and the best course of action is rarely crystal clear. The issue gets us thinking about the goals of healthcare in general, even considering deeper philosophical questions with which we’ve all grappled. Is the body to be preserved for its own sake or used to greatest effect? Is it an end or a means? Eat the cheeseburger and fries; life is short! But do the cheeseburger and fries have the potential...Read More
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    Certain sports are more dangerous than others when it comes to the possibility of hurting your ACL. There is some data available to support the following list of dangerous sports for the ACL, but it is more of a general guide than a definitive rule. Risk is also related to the intensity and frequency of play and practices. HIGH RISK: most common sports for ACL injury basketball soccer lacrosse rugby American football handball field hockey skiing volleyball squash RELATIVELY LOWER RISK: possible...Read More
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    For patients who have recently torn their ACL, the answer is “yes” if you plan to return to aggressive cutting and pivoting sports, such as soccer, basketball, or lacrosse. If you don’t, but you are under twenty years of age, it is my opinion that people this age are active for so many years that they are very likely to develop instability, and you will probably be more satisfied following an ACL reconstruction. The same applies to people in their early twenties. As we get older, activity level...Read More

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Robert Marx

Dr. Robert G. Marx is an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Regarded among the world's top orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Marx has treated thousands of knee and shoulder injuries, and is well known for his expertise in ACL and complex multi-ligament knee reconstructive surgery. A former member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Muscle and Fitness magazine, Dr. Marx has written a...

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