If you suffer an injury when you’re young, how will it affect your body and your function years later? In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I discuss the likely effects on a torn ACL years after ACL surgery.

Mahendra asks:
My ACL was completely torn 6 months ago. Now I am fit again and back to baseball and 6 days of intense workouts per week. I can manage them without problem. If I continue this way, is my knee going to give me problems in my 40s or 50s (now I am 27)?

If you suffer a torn ACL, you might wonder whether you should have surgery. Part of your concern undoubtedly centers around your desire to return to sports, exercise, work or school. It’s also worth considering your function and quality of life in the future.

In this video, I discuss ACL injuries and ACL surgery. I explain the chances of developing arthritis 20 and 30 years later if you have surgery and if you don’t. I also discuss realistic expectations for exercise and other physical activity in the future.

Will you develop arthritis in your knees years after ACL surgery?

If you have suffered a torn ACL, watch the video to learn my perspective on your ability to exercise and play sports years after ACL surgery.

Also read:
Does ACL surgery prevent arthritis?
What’s the risk of arthritis after an ACL injury?

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