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The Dreaded ACL Tear and Teens

by Marcia Mueller

With the start of school and school sports this NY Times article caught my eye.   Gretchen Reynolds does a nice job in the article of explaining options for treatment. The ACL helps stabililze the knee and can get injured with hits on the side of the knee as often happens in football or with twisting of the lower leg as in an awkward fall - think skiiing.  If it happens to your teen you will no doubt be inundated with advise.  Take your time, ask lots of questions, remember every case is different and there are several treatment options.