This editorial originally appearing in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (JOSPT) October, 2015. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2015;45(10):729–730. doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.0109
Dr. Kevin Wilk focuses on Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries as an example of some of the most common and functionally disabling conditions in orthopaedics and sports medicine today. Dr. Wilk asks that physical therapy professionals need to consider doing a better job of screening individuals. Not only should PTs better understand which patients are at the most risk for injury, but also what treatment plans should be put into place following suspected injury. Functional testing methods will not only help determine a course of prevention, but also help a patient return to pre-injury performance levels.
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