Place: NIH, Aud A
Knee function and sports participation after nonoperative and operative treatment of ACL-injured patients
Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are common and entail serious consequences in form of reduced knee function, sports participation and increased risk of an early onset of knee osteoarthritis. Approximately half of the ACL-injured patients in Norway undergo reconstructive surgery. Many patients can regain good knee function with active rehabilitation and have a stable knee in daily life without reconstructive surgery. Today, there is a lack of knowledge on which patients can achieve good results with active rehabilitation and no surgery.
The aim of this PhD study is to evaluate knee function and sports participation after nonoperative and operative treatment of ACL-injured patients. Additionally, we want to identify factors that are important for achieving good knee function after the two different treatment courses.
150 patients with an ACL-rupture will be included in the project. All patients undergo rehabilitation to enhance dynamic knee stability, increase muscle strength and regain an advantageous muscle activation pattern. The testing includes muscle strength measurements, single-legged hop tests and assessments of sports participation/knee function function with questionnaires. The participants are followed for two years.