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ACL Reconstruction: How Your Age Can Determine Your Best Option

Knee SurgeryThe thought of tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee strikes fear in the heart of an athlete, as it often is a season-ending injury.

ACL tears are one of the most common of all knee injuries, with more than 200,000 occurring annually. The number of ACL tears in younger athletes has increased dramatically in part because of the growth of competitive sports.

If you need surgical reconstruction of your ACL, several choices must be made. Recent research points to one factor that should be carefully weighed when you and your doctor discuss treatment options: your age.

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