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Functional Bracing Was No Better Than Nonbracing After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair

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For correspondence: Col. D.C. Taylor, Keller Army Community Hospital, Orthopaedic Service, 900 Washington Road, West Point, NY 10996-1197, USA. E-mail: dean.taylor@na.amedd.army.mil
McDevitt ER, Taylor DC, Miller MD, Gerber JP, Ziemke G, Hinkin D, Uhorchak JM, Arciero RA, St. Pierre P. Functional Bracing After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Study.
Am J Sports Med.
2004 Dec;32: 1887-92.

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2005 Aug 01;87(8):1890-1890. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.8708.ebo3
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Question: Is functional bracing more effective than nonbracing after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in patients with a high level of physical activity?Design: Randomized (allocation not concealed), unblinded, controlled trial with a mean 29-month follow-up.Setting: 3 United States military academies.Patients: 100 cadets and midshipmen with ACL injury, no previous knee injury to the affected knee, no significant chondral injury, no grade-III posterior cruciate or collateral ligament injuries, no serious meniscal injury, surgical reconstruction within 8 weeks of injury, and available for follow-up for =2 years.
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