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Knee surgery makes return to sports difficult

New Delhi, Mon, 26 Mar 2012 NI Wire

A study has revealed that knee reconstruction surgery does not help much as around 40 percent of people fail to return to their previous level of activity or take part in sports.

The study further says that the number of people active in sports before getting injured falls below 50 percent within seven years of surgery.

The study was conducted on over 300 people from two to seven years by Doctoral student Clare Ardern, from La Trobe University's Musculoskeletal Research Centre, says the American Journal of Sports Medicine reported.

The participants were actively involved in sports like football, basketball, netball or soccer before surgery, says a university statement.

Arden said that while most people after surgery returned to playing some kind of sport, only around 60 percent gained the pre-injury level of their activity. And the chances of athletes aged 32 and over to continue taking part in sport was very low.

"This is a surprise because as a physiotherapist I would expect that previously fit, active and healthy athletes to return to playing their sport at a similar level to before they were injured," Ardern has been quoted as saying.

--with inputs from IANS

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