In a groundbreaking study, Dr. Kerwyn Jones, chairman of orthopedic surgery at Akron Children’s, found genes may explain the higher rates of ACL injuries for female athletes.
As an orthopedic surgeon caring for young athletes, I see it again and again − a young female soccer player misses a year of playing due to an ACL tear, only to return the following year with a tear in the opposite knee. A torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a common knee injury among athletes. And in female athletes, it’s up to 8 times more common than in boys.
Why do girls tear their ACL more than boys? What’s the difference between an ACL and meniscal tear? After surgery, can my son expect to return to the same level of play as before surgery?
Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the four major ligaments in the knee, are one of the most common injuries in young athletes.
Working with synthetic “saw” bones and cadavers, about 80 orthopedic residents from Ohio and Pennsylvania recently received two days of hands-on training led by Akron Children’s nationally-ranked pediatric orthopedic surgery team.
I’m not sure if looking forward or anxiously awaiting is the correct phrase to describe how we felt going into our Myelo Clinic appointment in June. Our last was in December so we were ready to see what our doctors had to say about our little man’s progress.