Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is a crucial component of knee stability, playing a vital role in controlling rotational movements and preventing the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur. Our series of blogs delves into the intricate anatomy of the ACL, its essential functions, and the latest research on maintaining ligament health and optimizing athletic performance.

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Why the Idea That an ACL Can Heal Itself Is Surgical Sacrilege

As I have written before, if modern surgical sports medicine has one sacred cow, it’s ACL reconstruction. That’s why the fact that we have dozens of MRI examples of non-healing torn ACLs improving with our Perc-ACLR procedure has raised eyebrows. Now a new study that shows that some ACLs can heal themselves has apparently angered…read more

PRP Injections for Knee ACL Tears: A Few Sandwiches Short of a Picnic

When I was in medical school I had a British girlfriend who used to use the very English expression, “A few sandwiches short of a picnic”. That saying immediately came to mind as I reviewed a new study published by orthopedic surgeons in the middle east as they compared ACL surgery to PRP injection. It…read more

The BEAR Implant for ACL Tears

ACL reconstruction surgery has been a staple of modern sports medicine for decades. However, now a new surgical implant called BEAR is shaking up that world by offering a solution to try to “regrow” the torn ACL. Let’s look at the positives and negatives of this new technology and compare it to the Regenexx perc-ACLR…read more

Healing Another ACL without Surgery

I’ve posted so many of these before and after ACL tear MRI images that I’ve literally lost count of the total. Meaning it’s become routine for us to help athletes who tear their ACL get back to what they love without surgery. We’ve got dozens of MRIs to prove that’s what’s happening. So let’s dig…read more

The Coronavirus Hospital Data Debacle

Way back at the start of the pandemic, the state of Colorado was one of the very few that made a serious change to its reporting of deaths due to COVID. We began reporting how many people had died because of COVID versus with COVID. That was an essential public health decision that the rest…read more

ACL Surgery Is Not Cost Effective in New Study

As I have written before, ACL surgery is a sacred cow of modern surgical sports medicine. It is the single procedure that most defines the whole field. Despite that, the recent research on the procedure hasn’t been favorable. Now a recent study adds to that by showing that the way we use the procedure in…read more

Yet Another ACL with Evidence of Healing

One of the sacred cows of modern orthopedic sports medicine is ACL Reconstruction. Over the years, I’ve shared with you more than two dozen before and after MRIs of patients treated with our novel Perc-ACLR procedure and who avoided ACL surgery. So let’s dig into this new case. Perc-ACLR The Percutaneous ACL Repair procedure has…read more

A Confused Radiologist and an Improved ACL?

We have been helping patients avoid ACL surgery for many years now using the Perc-ACLR procedure. A humorous radiology report came across my desk on a patient treated by Dr. Markle that I thought was worth sharing. Let’s dig in. Radiologists and Humor? Radiology would not be the specialty you would pick as the class…read more
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