Anterior cruciate ligament injuries rates are on the rise in the US. Even more concerning is the rising rate of re-injury rates following surgical repair. Current estimates show 30% of patients who recover from ACL repair suffer a re-tear of the surgical knee and also the opposite knee.
This is unacceptable. Obviously the current state of rehab protocols and return to sport clearance protocols are not working. If you have rehabbed an ACL in the past you know what usually happens for return to sport clearance. You go to your surgeon or PT, the physical stability of your knee is assessed, timeline from surgery is verified and you are told you are good to go if that appointment is more than 6 months following your procedure. In our opinion, this is not how return to play decision making should be done.
We have implemented technology previously reserved for university biomechanics labs and applied it clinically. We utilize the most up to date data/research from our own system as well as from other biomechanics researchers world wide. We know the movement patterns and compensation strategies that cause initial and secondary ACL injury. To not use this information clinically is not in the patients best interest, however most rehab facilities and surgical groups do not test rigorously enough to ensure you are safe to return to play. We aim to change that!
Our evaluations and treatments are based on hitting milestones required for safe return to play.