Men may be more likely than women to see knee doctors for ACL injuries

July 10, 2012

Topic: knee doctors

ACL injuries may be more common among men than women.

New research published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are more common among men than they are among women, as reported by Reuters Health. These findings come after years of research suggesting that the knees of women were more vulnerable to these injuries.

ACL sprains and tears are among the most common injuries that need attention from knee doctors, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Such mishaps may be the result of activities that require rapid direction changes, sudden stops or incorrect landing on a jump. Sports commonly associated with ACL injuries include soccer, football and basketball.

In order to investigate ACL injuries within the general population - and not just among at-risk groups, such as athletes - a team of researchers collected data on nearly 57,000 individuals in Sweden who tore a knee ligament.

Results showed that 60 percent of injuries and 59 percent of reconstructive surgeries occurred in men. Other findings showed that women tended to sustain these injuries between the ages of 11 and 20, while men experienced mishaps between ages 21 and 30.

"I am right now studying if reconstruction of the cruciate ligament prevents development of osteoarthritis," study author Richard Nordenvall told the news source.

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