This past weekend, Sam Bradford (the QB for the St. Louis Rams), re-injured his surgically reconstructed ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his left knee. This is a devastating injury for Bradford, who spent the entire off season rehabbing the knee after injuring it in the middle of last season. So what does this mean for Sam Bradford?
Coming off of one surgically reconstructed ACL is hard enough, but having to go through a second surgery for a revision ACL reconstruction could have long-reaching effects on the injury-prone player. The rehab process will again be a long, gruesome journey as Bradford will have to battle back and prove that he can still play in the NFL. There are a few different techniques that can be used when performing revision ACL surgery and the length of the rehab process depends on the technique used as well as any additional injuries he may have sustained that will need treatment at the same time.
The ACL is one of the main stabilizing ligaments within the knee and very important in anterior movement of the tibia (shin bone) in relationship to
the femur (thigh bone), as well as in providing rotational stability to the knee joint. When playing pivoting sports, it is vital that the ACL functions properly or the knee will feel unstable and continue to give way during certain movements. We wish Sam Bradford the best for a successful recovery.
Dr. Christian Balldin is an orthopedic surgeon, fellowship trained in sports medicine, with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats patients aged 3 years and up for any sports-related injury and has a special interest in the complex arthroscopic repair of knee ligament injuries. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Balldin, please call 210.281.9595.