An ACL injury is commonplace.  Most ACL tears occur due to non-contact injuries.  Players most often tear their ACL when turning, pivoting, or twisting.  

  • What is the ACL?
  • Why does it tear so often? 
  • Are ACL tears more common in women?

These questions keep popping up. 

After the initial injury and visit to an urgent care center, you will start to think up a list of questions. You will immediately assume that ACL surgery is necessary. It might not be. You might think that it prevents arthritis from occurring later in life… it might not.  

  • Do I need ACL surgery? 
  • Does ACL surgery prevent knee arthritis? 

The videos below are answers to the questions above, and those that you should ask about the ACL and the management of ACL tears.   These are the questions that the Sports Medicine community is trying to answer with our ongoing research.  These are ACL related questions that you have to think about before signing up for an ACL reconstruction.  

In these videos, Orthopedic Surgery experts from around the US will address the most common question you may have, or should have about an ACL injury. 

Future videos will address the particulars about ACL surgery itself. 

First up is Stephen Thompson, MD. Following him will be Brian Waterman, MD. Both of these Orthopedic Surgeons are highly regarded in the academic sports medicine arena. 

Located below the video is a tab that says “15” videos… if you click that tab you will see all 15 questions that each surgeon will answer.  Each answer is approximately 1-2 minutes.  So you can choose the watch all the ACL injury-related videos, or pick and choose to listen to only the questions you have about your ACL tear.  

 

 

 

And now, Brian Waterman, MD. 

 

 

 

 

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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.

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