I've injured my ACL - do I need a reconstruction?

Unfortunately, ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) ruptures are quite common - there are over 10,000 reconstructive surgeries performed in Australia each year (Janssen et al., 2011) .

These can be a pretty debilitating injury! They hurt a lot when they happen and they can fast track the development of osteoarthritis in the knee - not good news! 

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Should I stretch my tendon?

Before about 1998, most tendon treatment revolved around stretching, icing, rest and ant-inflammatory medication.  We don’t do any of those four things now (with a few exceptions) – how things have changed!  Tendinopathy is the word we now use to describe tendon injuries – ‘tendinitis’ has been thrown away as the ‘-itis’ refers to inflammation – and it has been shown that tendons do not truly get inflamed.

So why not stretch tendinopathies?

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