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Study question In young active adults with an acute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture, do patient reported or radiographic outcomes after five years differ between those treated with rehabilitation plus early ACL reconstruction and those treated with rehabilitation and optional delayed ACL reconstruction?
Summary answer At five years, patients assigned to rehabilitation plus early ACL reconstruction did not differ significantly in patient reported or radiographic outcomes from those assigned to initial rehabilitation with the option of having a later reconstruction if needed.
What is known and what this paper adds The relative efficacy of surgical reconstruction and …
▸ This article is an abridged version of a paper that was published on bmj.com. Cite this article as: BMJ 2013;346:f232
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