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Letters Treating ACL injuries

Authors’ response to editorial by Levy and colleagues on treating ACL injuries in young moderately active adults

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 10 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2082
  1. L Stefan Lohmander, professor1,
  2. Harald P Roos, associate professor1,
  3. Ewa M Roos, professor2,
  4. Jonas Ranstam, professor1,
  5. Richard B Frobell, associate professor1
  1. 1Department of Orthopaedics, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  2. 2Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
  1. stefan.lohmander{at}

Levy and colleagues misinterpreted our report on the five year outcome of treatment for rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).1 2

We assessed whether structured rehabilitation plus early ACL reconstructive surgery was superior to structured rehabilitation with optional delayed reconstruction.3 We found no significant differences in primary or secondary outcomes between the two treatment strategies at …

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