Managing an ACL injury recovery part 2

There is currently a big push for surgeons and physiotherapists to consider conservative management of ACL ruptures over surgical intervention.

I certainly agree that some people can consider the conservative approach and avoid an operation.

Decision making for ACL management must be done on a case-by-case basis and must be a collaborative discussion between the patient, surgeon and physiotherapist.

I’ve attempted the conservative pathway and although I managed to return to pivoting and cutting sport, I personally never felt 100% stable and confident until I had my reconstruction.

A couple of personal things to consider when making this decision.

What sport would you like to return to?

How committed will you be to rehab?

What are you willing to risk?

You don’t need to decide immediately

Unfortunately, there is no overwhelming evidence for one over the other.

I personally don’t have a firm stance for one or the other.

However, I do firmly believe that everyone is different and this decision must be made on a case-by-case basis.

Hopefully in 10 years times, with further research, we will be able to make a more confident and informed decision about which path an individual should take.