Event Title

Immobilization Post Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: More Harm than Good?

Presenter Information

Meghan Gregoire, Athletic Training

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Liesl Lindley

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

4-28-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

4-28-2017 5:00 PM

Abstract

Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common surgical procedure within the active population. Throughout the history of ACL reconstruction, immobilization post-surgically has been the standard of practice for most physicians. However, today, each physician has a specific protocol which states whether the patient will be placed in a knee immobilizer immediately post-surgery. New evidence is now suggesting, that there is no significant correlation between the use of a knee immobilizer and a more positive long term patient outcome. Three of the five studies used displayed neither significant nor insignificant data for the use of a knee immobilizer post ACL reconstruction. Two of the studies used showed significant short term positive effects when the knee immobilizer was eliminated postoperatively. The evidence found neither supports nor contraindicates the use of a knee immobilizer postoperatively for ACL reconstruction. Although there are no long term lasting effects for patient outcome, the studies do show that there are short term effects for not immobilizing a patient post ACL reconstruction. Immobilization post reconstruction should be based upon the suggestion of the practicing physician.

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Apr 28th, 4:00 PM Apr 28th, 5:00 PM

Immobilization Post Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: More Harm than Good?

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common surgical procedure within the active population. Throughout the history of ACL reconstruction, immobilization post-surgically has been the standard of practice for most physicians. However, today, each physician has a specific protocol which states whether the patient will be placed in a knee immobilizer immediately post-surgery. New evidence is now suggesting, that there is no significant correlation between the use of a knee immobilizer and a more positive long term patient outcome. Three of the five studies used displayed neither significant nor insignificant data for the use of a knee immobilizer post ACL reconstruction. Two of the studies used showed significant short term positive effects when the knee immobilizer was eliminated postoperatively. The evidence found neither supports nor contraindicates the use of a knee immobilizer postoperatively for ACL reconstruction. Although there are no long term lasting effects for patient outcome, the studies do show that there are short term effects for not immobilizing a patient post ACL reconstruction. Immobilization post reconstruction should be based upon the suggestion of the practicing physician.