Can J Surg 2022 Mar-Apr;65(2):E269-E274. Epub 2022 Apr 12.
From the Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. (Larose, Stranges, MacDonald, Rollins, Leiter, McRae); the Department of Radiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. (Davidson); the Department of Anatomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Man. (Peeler); the Pan Am Clinic Foundation, Winnipeg, Man. (Leiter, McRae); and the Pan Am Clinic, Winnipeg, Man. (Stranges, Davidson, MacDonald).
Background: There is a lack of prospective evidence to guide surgeons when making recommendations about the appropriate timing of surgical intervention for ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), activity modifications to reduce the risk of secondary injury before surgery, and the short- and long-term risks associated with delayed ACL reconstruction. This study aimed to determine whether longer wait times are associated with a prolonged decrease in quality of life and an increased incidence of secondary joint injury after ACL rupture.
Methods: We recruited 53 patients who presented between 2013 and 2017 at a single sports medicine minor injury clinic with a suspected acute ACL rupture, based on clinical examination; ACL rupture was confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging. Read More