Does the Chronicity of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Ruptures Influence Patient-Reported Outcomes before Surgery?
Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
After controlling for age, sex, competition level, smoking, and BMI, patients in the chronic ACLR group participated in less pivoting and cutting sports but reported better pain/function. Whether decreased activity is deliberate after an ACL injury or patients who undergo chronic ACLR are simply less active and may be treated successfully without surgery warrants further investigation. Nonrandomized studies that utilize PROMs should consider time from injury in study design and data interpretation.