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Improving ACL Reconstruction Outcomes.
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Improving ACL Reconstruction Outcomes.

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Mar;47(3):1-17

Authors: Wilk KE, Spindler KP, McCarty E, Grooms D, Silbernagel KG

Abstract
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a common and predominantly successful surgical intervention. But are there specific preoperative patient characteristics or intraoperative surgeon decisions that lead to better or worse outcomes? And can understanding brain function changes of patients after ACL reconstruction reveal insights into the ways that postsurgical rehabilitation can be improved to further enhance outcomes? These intriguing and clinically applicable questions are addressed in this webinar titled "Improving ACL Reconstruction Outcomes," hosted jointly by JOSPT and JBJS. The webinar is based on 2 published research articles-one from JBJS and the other from JOSPT. Participants in this continuing education activity are asked to read both articles carefully before watching the webinar. JBJS co-author Kurt Spindler, MD, discusses findings from a longitudinal analysis that identified certain baseline patient characteristics and intraoperative choices that predicted higher and lower SF-36 Physical Component scores after ACL reconstruction. JOSPT co-author Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC, shares recently published results of a controlled laboratory study that employed functional MRI to investigate brain-activation differences between patients who did and did not undergo ACL reconstruction. Moderated by Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA, a leading authority on rehabilitation of sports injuries, the webinar includes additional insights from expert commentators Eric McCarty, MD, and Karin Grävare Silbernagel, PT, PhD, ATC.

PMID: 28387150 [PubMed - in process]