Patients with ACL injury need warning on osteoarthritis

 

PATIENTS with anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL) often remain ignorant of their increased risk of developing osteoarthritis, physiotherapists say.

A study of 233 adult patients with an ACL injury found up to 29% mistakenly believed reconstruction would cut their risk of developing the disease.

A further 36% did not know whether the procedure affected their risk of osteoarthritis (OA) or not.

Just 27% of patients recalled a health professional specifically discussing the risk, with fewer than half of them

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