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What is an ACL tear?

Dr. Benjamin Busfield
Dr. Benjamin Busfield

Commonly asked questions for an Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Busfield.

Dr. Busfield has researched, written and published numerous papers in the peer-reviewed literature regarding sports medicine and joint replacement. Recently, his research interests were focused on rotator cuff arthroscopic repair, pain pumps, and shoulder surgery. His research has focused on ACL injuries in the National Basketball Association and the use of pain pumps after shoulder surgery. In 2012, Dr. Busfield gave a presentation on his pain pump research at the annual Western Orthopedic Association meeting.

Dr. Busfield is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS). Furthermore, Dr. Busfield has been awarded the Certificate of Additional Qualification (CAQ) for Orthopedic Sports Medicine.

Throughout his training, Dr. Busfield has had a special interest in caring for the injured athlete. During his fellowship, Dr. Busfield assisted in the orthopedic care of Los Angeles professional sports teams including the Dodgers, Lakers, Ducks, Sparks, and Kings.

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Video Transcript

ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the ligaments in the center of your knee. There's an ACL and a PCL that cross like fingers. Cruciate implies crossing, so the anterior cruciate ligament is a knee ligament that stabilizes for cutting activities. It is commonly injured in non-contact injuries in basketball, and soccer, or in basketball. In fact, it's seven times more likely to happen in a female athlete than in a male athlete, in a competitive athlete, or an active person that requires surgery for reconstruction to rebuild the ACL and make a graft to restore stability to the knee. Thank you for watching and to learn more please visit our website or our YouTube channel at bassmedicalgroup.com.

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