Michael Terry, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial who specializes in sports medicine, spoke with a number of media outlets over the weekend about what an ACL tear is, timeline for recovery and how this injury may impact an athlete’s future. Terry commented that any professional athlete has challenges when trying to come back from ACL reconstruction and basketball players do as much if not more than in other sports. The cutting, pivoting, and jumping that are hallmarks of the game makes an ACL tear a challenging injury to rehab for a basketball player.
“These surgeries take six months to come back from,” Terry explained to Comcast Sportsnet Chicago. “You have to learn to trust the knee again and you have to get it strong.”
For more perspective from Dr. Terry on ACL injuries, view the stories on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago and ABC-7.