Does an ACL reconstruction surgery increase knee osteoarthritis?

“I’ve torn my ACL so I need surgery otherwise I will have long term knee problems!” So I have previously done videos on ACL tears and spoken about whether surgery is the right approach or not but one thing that we previously discussed was that knee osteoarthritis was likely worsened whether you had reconstruction or not but maybe this isn’t true. So, does an ACL reconstruction surgery increase knee osteoarthritis?

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  • Webster, Kate E., and Timothy E. Hewett. “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Knee Osteoarthritis: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine (2021).

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Put simply this is Physio done via either telephone or video over the internet. Skype and facetime are examples of this.

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