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Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2012 Dec;7(6):678-90.

Anterior cruciate ligament injury diagnosis and management in a pediatric patient: a case report.

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  • 1University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health, Hazard, KY, USA.


The management of the skeletally immature athlete sustaining injury to the anterior cruciate ligament and other knee structures provides multiple challenges for both the treating clinicians and parents of the injured child. The diagnostic process and subsequent decision making present additional complexities because of the developmental anatomy and the potential for disturbance of normal growth patterns by some surgical interventions. In the following case report, the course to appropriate management of a young athlete is detailed, including the contributions of imaging results. The reconstructive options available to orthopedic surgeons and the patient's post-operative progression are also briefly discussed. Rehabilitation practitioners require an understanding of the unique issues present when providing care for pediatric and adolescent athletes with knee injuries in order to assist in optimal decision making in the phases during which they are involved.


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Anterior cruciate ligament; adolescent; open physis; pediatric; skeletal immaturity

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