Poor Prognostic Factors for ACL Repair
Reference:Eitzen I, et al Preoperative quadriceps strength is a significant predictor of knee function two years after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Br J Sports Med. 2009 May;43(5):371-6.
Patients post ACL reconstruction with a bone-patellar-bone autograft were followed for 2 years. They concluded that pre-op quadriceps muscle strength deficits and underlying meniscal injuries were the greatest predictors for poorer long-term functional outcome.
The authors of this Norwegian paper even suggest that ACL reconstruction should be avoided until quad deficits of the injured limb is less than 20% of the uninjured limb.
Posted on: October 06, 2011