ACL injuries on the rise amongst young Australians

A recent report has indicated that knee reconstructions are on the rise in Australia. Specifically ACL injuries. ACL stands for anterior cruciate ligament, and its basic purpose is to stabilise the knee.

 

Damage to the ACL typically happens when someone changes direction at speed while playing sport, this can happen in many sports but some of the most common are Netball, AFL and rugby. Obviously these three sports are incredibly popular in Australia, and so it is no wonder why there are high rates of these injuries reported by Australians. In fact, Australia has the highest rates of knee reconstruction in the world.

 

 

This is concerning many health professionals, because the operation and subsequent rehab can be quite expensive, and in Australia, where the cost of medical bills are largely shared amongst the population this becomes a public health issue.

 

 

With close to 200,000 ACL reconstructions being performed in Australia between 2000 and 2015, at an average cost of $8,364, the cost of these operations can add up quickly.

 

ACL injury is also a largely preventable injury, and because ACL tears typically cause long term disability and damage to the knee it is very important that young Australians take care of their knees. Particularly if they are active or play sport.

 

There are a variety of exercises you can do to take care of your ACL, for more information on this you should contact a physiotherapist or your local GP for a referral

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