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Study Looks At Cost Saving Opportunities For ACL Injuries

Posted by on Thursday, October 24th, 2013


Each year, more than 200,000 ACL injuries take down active young athletes. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments in the knee that works to prevent the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone.

ACL injuries often “pop” when there is a hard hit on the side of the knee (think football tackle!), when the knee is overextended, or when there is a quick stop-and-change-direction movement. Swelling and pain are the first signs that the ligament has been overstretched or torn. The knee feels unstable and seems to “give way” when walking.

A new study published this month in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery offers new information for those considering or needing surgery.

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Your ACL Surgery Saves Society Money, Says Study.

The study, “Societal and Economic Impact of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears, reported that reconstructive knee surgery benefits society by an average of $50,000 per patient over the course of a lifetime. Study authors estimate that ACL surgeries can save the U.S. a total of $10.1 billion annually. They argue that surgery benefits society by enabling patients to return to work sooner without pain and by minimizing the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis disability in the future.

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What Is The Success Rate For ACL Surgery?

Every ACL injury is different, of course, so a sports medicine professional and surgeon should still be consulted to discuss all ACL injury treatment options. Some ACL injuries are just overstretched ligaments that can be healed through physical therapy, while others may be partial tears or complete ruptures requiring surgery.

For high school and college students eager to return to an active lifestyle, surgery is the best option, with long-term success rates of 82 to 95%, according to the study. Rehabilitation can be a good option for older patients, less active patients, or people with less severe injuries.

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New York City ACL Injuries

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in NYC specializes in ACL injuries and knee reconstructions. In addition to surgical interventions, we also help our patients choose the right footwear, correct structural anomalies, and complete physical therapy for complete rehabilitation.

Our highly trained surgeons are certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and are distinguished members of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.

We work with triathletes, marathon runners, professional soccer and tennis players, high school athletes from all sports, and adults who have been injured on the job or following a fall. You may contact our Manhattan sports medicine office at 212.996.1900 or our White Plains sports  medicine center at 914.328.3400.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.