One of the more common injuries we see in the Sports Medicine Center is ACL tears of the knee. A lot of interesting research has been done on the topic, and there are plenty of continuing education courses dedicated to rehab following the reconstructive surgery. Many physical therapists will also debate when it is best to allow someone to return to sports.
I just came across an interesting article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine
that looked at how many people following ACL surgery return to playing his or her sport. The reason this caught my eye was that it discussed other factors we don't always address in PT. Ninety percent of the participants showed good functional outcomes, but many of those cited other reasons for why they didn't return to playing sports. Those included psychosocial issues like fear of reinjury, unable to take leave from work if reinjured, changes in living situations, etc. It is great we have improved the post operative rehab to have 90% returning to normal, but surprising so many choose not to return to competitive sports.
These non-biomechanical factors seem to be appearing more in research for all areas. Previously it was more often discussed relating to low back pain. Perhaps there is something more that needs to be included in the rehab process to make sure our patients have the confidence to return to their activities as desired.Share on Facebook