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Kirsten Buchanan


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Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common knee injuries in female soccer players that require reconstruction and rehabilitation. The incidence rate of autogenous ACL reconstruction (ACLR) complications during surgery are reported as low as 0.2% to 1.7%. There is insufficient information on the most effective rehabilitation protocol for patients with complications during surgery. Many rehabilitation protocols fail to include programs for patients who have general joint laxity. No known studies have reported on the most effective treatment for a patient with generalized laxity and an autograft rupture during surgery. The purpose of this case report was to investigate a delayed physical therapy (PT) treatment plan for a patient with generalized laxity who experienced a rupture of the replacement tendon during surgery.

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Delayed ACL Rehabilitation After Autograft Tear During Surgery: A Case Report