Beliefs and attitudes of members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons regarding the treatment of anterior cruciate ligament injury Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Athletic Injuries
  • Elbow Joint
  • Joint Dislocations
  • Joint Instability
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Videotape Recording


  • Significant variation is seen in clinical opinion and decision-making regarding ACL injuries among members of the AAOS, particularly regarding whether ACL-deficient patients can participate in all recreational sports activities, that ACL reconstruction reduces the rate of arthrosis, and on the use of braces in the postoperative period. Additionally, surgeons disagreed on the effect of 4 patient characteristics (age over 40, presence of pain, irreparable meniscal tear, injury involving Workers' Compensation) on the decision to perform surgery. Areas of significant clinical uncertainty should be the focus of future research and medical education for orthopaedic surgeons who treat ACL injuries.

publication date

  • September 2003



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0749-8063(03)00398-0

PubMed ID

  • 12966385

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 762

end page

  • 70


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