Clinical course and recommendations for patients after anterior cruciate ligament injury and subsequent reconstruction: A narrative review

Alli Gokeler*, Bart Dingenen, Caroline Mouton, Romain Seil

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    Abstract

    ▪ Almost all athletes who have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury expect a full return to sports at the same pre-injury level after ACL reconstruction (ACLR). Detailed patient information on the reasonable outcomes of the surgery may be essential to improve patient satisfaction. ▪ Pre-operative rehabilitation before ACLR should be considered as an addition to the standard of care to maximise functional outcomes after ACLR. ▪ We propose an optimised criterion-based rehabilitation programme within a biopsychosocial framework. ▪ No benchmark exists for evaluating return-to-sport (RTS) readiness after ACLR. Therefore, the authors propose a multi-factorial RTS test battery. A combination of both physical and psychological elements should be included in the RTS test battery. ▪ There is need for shared decision-making regarding RTS.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)410-420
    Number of pages11
    JournalEFORT Open Reviews
    Volume2
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017

    Keywords

    • Anterior cruciate ligament injury
    • Evaluation tools
    • Post-operative care
    • Post-operative rehabilitation
    • Pre-operative rehabilitation
    • Psychological factors
    • Return to sports
    • Time of return to sports

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