An ACL Tear That Heals Itself?
Treatment for a torn ACL typically involves surgically reconstructing the ligament with harvested tissue. But what if a new type of treatment could prompt the ruptured ligament to just grow back together again, eliminating the need to harvest replacement tissue?
Moving beyond reconstruction toward restoration, or enabling the ligament to repair itself, is the idea behind an emerging area of orthopedics that looks to harness biologics—in some cases animal tissue augmented with human blood and other growth factors—to rally the body’s natural healing processes.
Read the original article in The Wall Street Journal.