Anyone who has injured their ACL will tell you it’s not a pretty experience. Aside from the fact that the initial injury hurts so much, the recovery and rehabilitation process is also an entirely different animal. You have to spend six to 12 months in rehab and you also have to take time off from sports. Then, there’s also the risk of developing arthritis and other related conditions after undergoing surgery.
ACL injuries are among the most common injuries in the country today. Every year, an estimated 400,000 in the United States tear their ACLs, especially those who play basketball and soccer. Aside from the sports you play, there are also other factors that can increase your risk of having a torn ACL. For instance, if you’re a woman, you are two to six times more likely to injure your ACL than when you’re a male participating in the same sport.
For the last 20 years, ACL reconstruction has been the preferred method for repairing torn ACL. In this procedure, patellar tendon or hamstring tendon grafts are used to help treat ACL injuries. However, recovery after an ACL reconstruction is very slow and the ligamentization of the grafts prevents athletes from returning to the field sooner rather than later.
Fortunately, a new method for treating ACL tears has emerged and caught the attention of the sports medical community. Developed by Dr. Martha Murray, a surgeon from Boston, the Bridge-Enhanced ACL Repair or BEAR surgery has been described by experts as the treatment method that could “revolutionize the management of ACL injuries.”