Surgery not always best for torn ACL

A wait-and-see approach to managing torn anterior cruciate ligaments works just as well as rushing into surgery, a study finds.

The five-year randomised trial found that physical rehabilitation plus "early" ACL reconstruction, within 10 weeks of injury, did not significantly reduce pain, knee function or time out of sport, compared to a more conservative approach.

By comparison, patients who underwent rehabilitation but delayed surgery for up to five years, or who