Patient Knowledge and Beliefs About Knee Osteoarthritis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and Reconstruction
Bennell KL, Ginckel AV, Kean CO, Nelligan RK, French SD, Stokes M, Pietrosimone B, Blackburn T, Batt M, Hunter DJ, Spiers L, & Hinman RS. Arthritis Care Res. 2016;68:1180-1185. doi: 10.1002/acr.22794
Take Home Message: Patients who suffered a knee injury have some understanding of their long-term risks. However, there is an astoundingly low number of patients who recall having conversations with health care professionals about the long-term risks after an injury.
We have an earlier post on Sports Med Res about athletic trainers’ knowledge and perceptions of osteoarthritis (OA) after a knee injury. While it is important for sports medicine clinicians to be aware about OA, it is even more important that this information is communicated to patients who suffer a knee injury. Therefore, the authors of this research study wanted to assess the knowledge of patients who had suffered a knee injury about OA, and whether these individuals had conversations with their health professional about their OA risks.