ACL tears in children and adolescents can be a devastating injury. For a worried parent, these study findings are sobering. It is simply impossible to get a youngster to practice the restrictions we need to impose on you when you tear your ACL. For that reason, many children and adolescents with ACL tears will go on to have many instability episodes. With each episode, as the knee gives way, there is a chance that the child will tear their meniscus cartilage or damage the shiny articular cartilage that coats the ends of the bones. Both of those injuries can have a profound impact on your children going forward into adulthood.
Children with ACL tears treated with an early reconstruction were 91 times more likely to return to their pre-injury activity level.
Writes lead author, David E. Ramski, BS, BM, of the Georgetown University School of Medicine:
Our results suggest that patients are much more likely to return to sports at their previous level of athletic ability after early operative treatment as well as have fewer instances of instability” of the knee or meniscus tears,
No parent wants to subject their child to surgery. But those same parents don’t want to tell their child why they can’t run around and play either. Those very same parents do not want to look back in 20 years when their child’s knee is bothering them and second guess a decision they made decades ago.
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