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An article in The New York Times (NYT) discusses anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and an increased likelihood of developing osteoarthritis (OA).

 "Orthopedists have believed for years that torn tendons or ligaments put patients…at risk for arthritis" the writer notes. "But quantifying the long-term risk has been difficult because most orthopedic patients are not studied for extended periods after their injuries." The writer cites a study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine ( AJSM), in which the authors evaluated 181 patients 10 to 15 years after ACL reconstruction and found that 74 percent had developed radiographic OA. Learn more...