The anticipated day of Jordan’s surgery finally came. Randy and I could only pray that God would help lessen our anxiety as we entered the world of a major surgery followed by an intense recovery.
We met with Dr. Jones and Dr. Baird to discuss Jordan’s upcoming surgery. Randy had talked with Dr. Jones about potentially correcting Jordan’s left ankle during his hip surgery. The tendon only works on the outside of his foot and has started to shift over his ankle bone.
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.