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The aim of this study is to identify the best approach to treatment for people who have torn an ACL, a ligament in their knee called the anterior cruciate ligament. Currently there are two main NHS clinical management options (commonly used) for this condition; non-operative treatment options  which uses physiotherapy and operative treatment options where they reconstruct the ligament. This study will compare these two management options.

Who can be involved?

  • A person that has torn their anterior cruciate ligament, and is now awaiting treatment.

What happens to people taking part in this research

Taking part in this study will involve undergoing one of the management options:

  • Physiotherapy - This involves regular physiotherapy sessions under the care of clinicians who specialise in this injury. In these sessions, you will work on improving the overall strength of your leg muscles, balance and ability to return to usual activities.
  • ACL Reconstruction surgery - This operation involves replacing your torn ligament with a graft. The graft is usually taken from a tendon in another part of your knee, for example, your hamstring or patella tendon. Your surgeon will discuss the operation with you and what to expect afterwards in terms of post operative physiotherapy.

Some patients may also be asked to take part in an interview to discuss their experience of treatment.

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