Rupture of the anterior cruciate (ACL) ligament in the knee is common, most often in young people performing sport. The injury results in instability, weakness and pain/osteoarthritis. Treatment is physiotherapy with or without surgery, but it is still not known what is best in the short or long term.
The project is a follow up of more than hundred persons who suffered an ACL 17-23 years ago, of whom half had surgery. The persons are examined clinically, with x-rays, by interviews and they perform physical functional tests in a movement laboratory. The results are analyzed with regard to treatment and development of osteoarthritis. We also develop new measures of knee function and investigate genetical predisposition for ACL injury and osteoarthritis.
The Swedish Research Council, 2011-2017: SEK 6,400,000
VLL spjutspetsmedel, 2014-2016: SEK 2,700,000
Centrum för idrottsforskning, 2013-2014: SEK 154,000
Reumatikerförbundet, 2014: SEK 200,000
VLL ALF medel, 2016-2017: SEK 600,000