Does an ACL tear need surgery?
This week a 16-year-old girl came into the office with a torn ACL. Wow, what a devastating injury to have. Her initial reaction was to say that she wanted to continue her sport while wearing a brace. She knew that there were braces for knees after an ACL tear and she wanted to know why she could not wear the brace and delay having surgery. Good question! Why is the surgeon so anxious to recommend surgery for an ACL tear? Why not apply a brace and let the athlete continue t