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Knee: A man has had three operations. Where do the problems come from?

Knee: A man has had three operations. Where do the problems come from?
Knee: A man has had three operations. Where do the problems come from?

He has already had three cruciate ligament operations. Why does the young man keep having problems with his knee?

Recorded by Constanze Löffler

The man in his mid-twenties who came to my consultation had undergone several operations on his right knee. His anterior cruciate ligament had already torn three times, the last operation was only six months ago. Now his knee is unstable again, he said. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments support the knee joint; if one of the ligaments tears, the joint wobbles. Cruciate ligament injuries – the anterior ligament is affected in 90 percent of cases – typically occur in sports with strong twisting and braking movements, such as football, handball, alpine skiing or basketball. This patient’s ligament had also torn for the first time five years previously while playing football.

Source: Stern

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