The Knee Post Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Surgery

1539 Words Oct 24th, 2016 7 Pages
Although the efficacy of bracing the knee post-anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery has been widely debated, knee bracing has been regarded as a necessity for protection of the ACL post reconstructive surgery. Functional knee braces are intended to stabilize the knee during rotation, reduce strain on the ACL graft, and are most often seen in in sports that require various, fast direction changes (Paluska & Mckeag , 2000). Typically, the choice of the patient wearing or not wearing a brace post ACLR is decided by the individual physician. A survey of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in the early 2000s revealed that 62.9% of surgeons recommended a brace during sports participation after ACL reconstruction (Marshall, Gelber, & Spindler, 2016). Numerous studies have been conducted to test the effectiveness of bracing post-ACLR. These studies evaluated the differences between joint movement, muscle strength, function of the knee, and pain. In each study the age, gender, and activity level of the individuals was taken into account, and the participants were equally distributed among the variable groups. Each study evaluated the patient’s performance in relation to bracing or non-bracing. Before returning to play, athletes are required to pass a battery of test with a 90% score or higher. In many cases, this criteria includes four one‐legged hop tests, burst superimposition strength test, Knee Outcome Survey Activities of Daily Living Scale, and a global…

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